Solution Blow Spinning (SBS) has gained a lot of interest in recent years due to its operational simplicity and high throughput when used to produce nanofibres. It is still in its infancy, and many essential parameters, such as nozzle design, air pressure, solvent, and polymer solution viscosity need to be investigated not only to optimize the process but to industrialize the technique for mass production of nanofibres. The project aims to develop a high-performance SBS system for the production of PVDF nanofibers that can be efficiently used in energy harvesting and sensing applications. The project will be based on experimental and simulation work. Project activities will include designing tools using suitable CAD packages, such as SolidWorks while simulation work will utilize ANSYS workbench (Fluent). The project will also focus on characterization of the produced nanofibers using a wide range of tools such as Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X- ray diffraction (XRD), Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR).
A first degree (at least a 2.1) ideally in Mechanical or Materials Engineering with a good fundamental knowledge of Simulation, Manufacturing and Materials.
English language requirement
IELTS score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the four components). Other, equivalent qualifications will be accepted. Full details of the University’s policy are available online.
Experience of fundamental of materials and manufacturing
Competent in CAD
Knowledge of composites, manufacturing, design
Good written and oral communication skills
Strong motivation, with evidence of independent research skills relevant to the project
Good time management
Simulation software and CNC programming
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