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Smart Sensor Network Based on Nonlinearly Coupled Systems (SAM23)

Project Description

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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Project detail

The implementation of electro-mechanical systems in sensing application; mass/gas detection, pressure measurements, and charge sensing; have experienced rapid growth and demonstrated great potential in wide range of applications, such as medical and healthcare, food and agriculture safety, and environmental monitoring. This can be attributed to their distinctive features and their ability to be scaled from macro to nano scale. Linearly coupled systems have demonstrated high abilities as mechanical sensors. However, there is a considerable challenge of understanding and integrating their nonlinear capabilities into different sensing applications.

The aim of this PhD research project is to investigate an innovative technique and/or design to get advantage of nonlinear behaviour of nonlinearly coupled structures (mechanically or electrically coupled) to develop a network of smart sensors. Sensitivity and stability enhancement, and low-power consumption of the sensor network will be the key points of system design (nonlinearity types, material and dimensions…). The integration of the smart sensor network might be validated in the microscale level. This work will have significant impact on the integration of smart sensors operated nonlinearly into potential sensing applications.

Start date of studentship: 01 October 2020.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering, Physics or a related subject.

A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: nonlinear dynamics analysis, computational mechanics, electro-mechanical system analysis/development.

How to apply

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select “Mechanical, Electrical & Manufacturing”.

Please quote reference number: SAM23

Funding Notes

Applicants who apply for this project will be considered on a competitive basis in March 2020 against candidates shortlisted for this and other projects with the advert reference beginning ‘SAM’. Early submission is advised, and a complete application must be received before the advert’s closing date.

If successful, candidates will be awarded a 3-year school studentship providing a tax-free stipend and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £15,009 and £4,327, respectively, in 2019-20 which are likely to rise by 2020/21). Non-EU-nationals may apply but the studentship will cover the cost of the international tuition fee only.

Successful candidates will be notified by 26 March 2020.

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