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  Advanced design of fibre reinforced composites - using multiscale reliability analysis and optimisation
  Dr P Dunning, Dr S Sriramula
Applications accepted all year round

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This project aims to advance the design of components made from fibre reinforced composite materials, by combining techniques in multiscale analysis, structural reliability and design optimisation.
  Advanced design of fibre reinforced composites - using multiscale reliability analysis and optimisation
  Dr P Dunning, Dr S Sriramula
Applications accepted all year round

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This project aims to advance the design of components made from fibre reinforced composite materials, by combining techniques in multiscale analysis, structural reliability and design optimisation.
  Behaviour and Design of Natural Fibre Reinforced Composites
  Dr A I Osofero, Dr O Menshykov
Applications accepted all year round

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This research will focus on the development of environmentally friendly fibre reinforced composites with improved physical and mechanical properties.
  Characterisation of flow around a bivalve (Pecten Maximus) shell
  Dr M Stewart, Prof V Nikora
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A number of studies have highlighted the ability of freshwater mussels to behave as so-called ecosystem engineers; actively modifying their local environment through mechanisms such as filtering and passively by modifying bed roughness.
  Computational framework for mechanical integrity assessment of offshore wind turbines
  Dr Amir Siddiq, Dr M Kartal, Dr M Aleyaasin
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The offshore wind turbines are subjected to various wind and tidal loads which can result into earlier than expected fatigue of their components.
  Constrained Control of Nonlinear Engineering Systems in The Presence of The Delay
  Dr V Vaziri, Dr S S Aphale
Applications accepted all year round

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The real world is inherently nonlinear, and particularly in mechanical systems this nonlinearity arises from one or more of the following reasons.
  Design of lightweight stiffened shell structures using topology optimisation
  Dr P Dunning, Dr A Maheri
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The aim of this project is to develop topology optimisation methods for the design of lightweight stiffened shell structures. Shell structures are often stiffened using elements, such as ribs, to improve their structural efficiency in supporting the applied loads.
  Development of a low cost hyperspectral imaging device for remote sensing of environmental flows
  Dr M Stewart, Dr S Cameron
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Hyperspectral imaging is widely used in industry and research but traditional commercial devices tend to suffer from high cost and low portability, as well as lacking information on the ultraviolet range of the spectrum or being unsuitable for underwater applications (Nevala and Baden, 2019).
  Development of empirical and damage predictive models, for protective structures, under extreme loading
  Dr M Aleyaasin, Dr Amir Siddiq
Applications accepted all year round

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Protective structures are the scarifying layers that can respond to severe loading, such as fire or explosion or missile impact or combination of such loads.
  Dynamic Behaviour of Oil Palm Broom Fibre (OPBF) Reinforced Concrete
  Dr A I Osofero, Dr M Menshykova
Applications accepted all year round

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This research will focus on the development of sustainable natural fibre reinforced concrete for dynamic applications. Experimental investigations focusing on mechanical characterization of OPBF and the structural behaviour of the resulting composite will be carried out.
  Dynamics and Control of Wave Energy Harvesting Devices
  Dr V Vaziri, Dr A Syed
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Energy from the waves is one of the sustainable sources of energy, when harvested efficiently and can play a key role in the energy mix.
  Effects of flexible vegetation on oscillatory flow hydrodynamics and sediment dynamics
  Dr D Van der A, Prof T O'Donoghue
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Coastal vegetation such as seagrass protects against coastal erosion by attenuating wave energy and demobilising suspended sediments.
  Enhancing the performance, condition, safety and reliability of offshore wind energy infrastructure systems using optimal design, inspections, structural health monitoring and structural control
  Dr P Omenzetter, Dr P Dunning, Dr S S Aphale
Applications accepted all year round

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Wind turbines are exposed to frequent structural damage increasing the cost of wind energy generation. To drive these costs down, this project will develop new automated methods for detection of structural damage to wind turbines by examining vibration responses measured by sensors attached to the structure.
  Finite element analysis of energy diaphragm walls
  Dr Y Rui, Prof A Ivanovic
Applications accepted all year round

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In 2008, the UK government set an ambitious target for 2050 with an emphasis on reducing UK greenhouse gas emissions. Hence, the development of renewable energy technologies is therefore imperative to ensure the completion of this target.
  Finite element analysis of energy tunnels
  Dr Y Rui, Prof A Ivanovic
Applications accepted all year round

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In 2008, the UK government set an ambitious target for 2050 with an emphasis on reducing UK greenhouse gas emissions. Hence, the development of renewable energy technologies is therefore imperative to ensure the completion of this target.
  Finite Elements Techniques in 3D Dynamic Fracture Mechanics
  Dr M Menshykova, Dr O Menshykov, Prof I Guz
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New high-tech materials allow a significant increase in strength, stiffness and safety level in structures. However, failure can still occur for many other reasons, including uncertainties in the loading or environmental conditions and deficiencies in construction.
  Fluid flows above and within porous materials
  Prof D Pokrajac, Dr D Van der A
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Fluid mechanics problems often involve fluid flows over porous materials. Examples of practical applications include flow through atmospheric and aquatic vegetation, coastal structures, and movement of biological fluids through various tissues.
  Future scenarios for the deployment of autonomous vehicles in urban environments.
  Dr M Beecroft, Dr C Cottrill
Applications accepted all year round

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It is widely anticipated that autonomous vehicles will play an important role in future urban environments, particularly in city-centres.
  High-performance lightweight steel framing structures
  Dr A Bagheri Sabbagh, Dr P Dunning, Dr A Maheri, Dr P C Davidson
Applications accepted all year round

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Lightweight steel framing (LSF) structures made of cold-formed steel (CFS) stud-walls and joisted floors are gaining growing popularity in the construction of low- to medium-rise buildings.
  Integrated Aero/Hydro/Structural Analysis and Multi-objective Optimisation of Floating Wind Turbines
  Dr A Maheri, Prof R McKenna
Applications accepted all year round

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Floating wind energy is a highly scalable future energy source. Almost 80% of the Europe wind resources are in waters with +60 m depth, where floating offshore wind turbines are deemed to be the natural solutions.
  LNG sloshing and Leidenfrost droplet dynamics – modelling gas-cushioned liquid-solid impacts with phase change
  Dr P D Hicks, Dr M N Campbell-Bannerman
Applications accepted all year round

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The impact of liquefied natural gas (LNG) with the walls of its containing tank and the impact of droplets with very hot surfaces are two examples of liquid-solid impacts in which the liquid may be close to thermodynamic equilibrium with the surrounding gas/vapour.
  Longevity and fate of structures left in place
  Dr S Sriramula, Dr Amir Siddiq, Dr A Akisanya
Application Deadline: 4 June 2020

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FULLY FUNDED 3.5-YEAR PHD IN ENGINEERING.
  Macroscopic capillary pressure in multi-phase porous media flows
  Prof D Pokrajac, Dr Y Tanino
Applications accepted all year round

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Although multi-phase flow in porous media is an established research field for decades, its theoretical background is still being developed.
  Marine risers: experimental damage detection, monitoring and numerical modelling using digital twins
  Dr P Omenzetter, Dr D Van der A, Prof E Pavlovskaia
Applications accepted all year round

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Marine risers are critical components of any offshore oil and gas production operations linking subsea field developments with production and drilling equipment atop fixed or floating facilities.
  Modelling towed fishing gears on seabed sediment
  Prof A Ivanovic, Dr R Neilson
Applications accepted all year round

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The project will involve either/ both numerical and physical modelling of the contact between fishing gear components and the seabed and is part of larger research projects being carried out in collaboration with DTU Aqua (Denmark) to develop fishing gears that are more environmentally friendly, both in terms of fuel usage and bottom contact.
  More efficient structural design for floating offshore wind turbines
  Dr A Bagheri Sabbagh, Dr A Maheri
Applications accepted all year round

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Background. Wind turbines are one of the renewable sources of energy which is becoming a sustainable alternative way to produce energy, and which is growing fast all around the world.
  Multi-objective Optimisation of Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems
  Dr A Maheri, Prof R McKenna
Applications accepted all year round

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In planning and sizing of hybrid renewable energy systems two conflicting objectives, namely, the cost of the produced energy and the reliability of the system must be optimised simultaneously via a multi-objective optimisation process [1-3].
  Nonlinear topology optimisation of stiffened shell structures
  Dr P Dunning, Dr A Maheri
Applications accepted all year round

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The aim of this project is to develop topology optimisation methods for the design of stiffened shell structures, considering nonlinear affects.
  Novel Fractional-order Control Schemes
  Dr S S Aphale, Dr A ALIAKBAR JAMSHIDI FAR
Applications accepted all year round

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Fractional-order systems theory and control development has recently gained a lot of attention – mainly due to its potential to address several complex dynamic behaviours within a pseudo-linear system framework.
  Numerical modelling of cracked engineering materials under dynamic loading
  Dr O Menshykov, Dr M Menshykova, Prof I Guz
Applications accepted all year round

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It is common knowledge that all existing structural materials contain various inter- and intra-component cracks and crack-like defects which appear in materials during fabrication or in-service.
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