Structural Integrity Finite Element Analyses of Formula I Composite Panels for Safer and Lighter Designs

   Department of Mechanical Engineering

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  Dr J L Curiel Sosa  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Formula 1 car composite panels are subjected to extreme loads. Cracks can develop at the composite microstructure at an early stage and then propagate due to fatigue which poses a serious hazard.

A compromise between specific strength and safety of the composite structures is crucial for an optimal design. Different composite structures will be tested for optimisation of the best structural configuration in the terms of safety and specific strength.

Assessment of structural integrity would involve the whole Formula 1 chassis subjected to a typical loading scenario. This research will benefit from excellent computing facilities, expertise in computer-aided engineering (CA2M lab), the available experimental facilities including mechanical testing and links with industry and with our Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) through our collaborative work.

Funding Notes

1st or 2:1 degree in Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry, Applied Mathematics, or other Relevant Discipline.

This project is available only for Self funded students.
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