4D Printing is a growing field within Additive Manufacturing, where components are able to have controlled and programmed shape-deformation over time when exposed to stimuli.
The aim of this PhD is to understand existing stimuli, the effects of stimuli and to develop a framework to understand the shape-changing behaviours and shape recovery forces. This could be conducted with the support of our labs or carried out using virtual simulation.
At Brunel University, students will be supported with dedicated supervision and guidance from experts throughout your study. You should be a highly motivated candidate to embark on this doctoral research programme. You will gain an understanding of 4D Printing to help construct your knowledge for this work. You will be expected to leverage your contribution to new knowledge of this topic and we are also happy to consider other research project proposals which could be negotiated between the applicant and the supervisor. Applicants should have a first or second class UK honours degree or a recognised equivalent from an overseas university in a related discipline, such as Mechanical Engineering or Computer-Aided Design will be beneficial.
A Masters level qualification is desirable. Applicants who are non-native speakers must possess an English language qualification acceptable by the university. The ideal candidate should be detail-oriented with good analytical skills. We welcome candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding.