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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.
  An assessment of the residual strength of corroded pipelines
  Dr A Akisanya, Dr Amir Siddiq
Applications accepted all year round

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The need to minimise the impact of corrosion of pipelines cannot be over emphasised as corrosion leads to reduction in collapse strength and burst pressure.
  Analysis of damage mechanisms in composite risers and umbilicals
  Dr M Menshykova, Dr O Menshykov, Prof I Guz
Applications accepted all year round

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With increasing water depth, especially in excess of 1000 m, both platform designs and the design of the risers and umbilicals begin to become highly weight-sensitive.
  Application of Nanotechnology in well plugging and abandonment of depleted oil fields
  Dr R Rafati, Dr A Sharifi
Applications accepted all year round

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When oil and gas wells do no longer produce enough hydrocarbons to remain economically viable, they become liability instead of asset.
  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.
  Bioinspired Robot Swarm for Monitoring Tasks
  Dr M Giannaccini, Dr A Starkey
Applications accepted all year round

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Applications are invited for one doctoral position in robotics at the School of Engineering, University of Aberdeen. The successful candidate will undertake research focusing on bioinspired swarm robotics for monitoring applications.
  Biomechanical modelling of tendon transfers in the upper limb
  Dr E Chadwick, Dr D Blana
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Traumatic injuries to the hand and arm can result in serious loss of function for individuals, leading to an inability to carry out the activities of daily living, and a loss of independence.
  Characterisation of flow around a bivalve (Pecten Maximus) shell
  Dr M Stewart, Prof V Nikora
Applications accepted all year round

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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
Applications accepted all year round

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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.
  Computational modelling of deformation and failure in additively manufactured high strength alloys
  Dr Amir Siddiq, Dr M Kartal
Applications accepted all year round

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Conventional manufacturing processes involve high cost and lead times because of design and manufacturing of product specific tooling for new materials and parts.
  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.
  Continuous separation of conglomerate forming enantiomers using crystallization process
  Dr A Majumder, Dr D Dionisi
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Enantiomers are the results of chirality or handedness of molecules which are the non-superimposable mirror images of each other.
  Control of nonlinear systems motivated by linear control theory
  Dr S S Aphale, Dr V Vaziri
Applications accepted all year round

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Improvements in hardware and software tools has facilitated the probing, understanding and control of complex nonlinear system dynamics.
  Design of lightweight stiffened shell structures using topology optimisation
  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 lightweight stiffened shell structures. Shell structures are often stiffened using elements, such as ribs, to improve their structural efficiency in supporting the applied loads.
  Developing geospatial methods for resource assessments of renewable energy technologies
  Prof R McKenna, Dr A Maheri
Applications accepted all year round

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Energy planning processes require detailed data relating to the technical potential and associated costs of renewable energies. These data are employed by stakeholders and researchers to inform decision-making relating to future energy systems.
  Development of a low cost hyperspectral imaging device for remote sensing of environmental flows
  Dr M Stewart, Dr S Cameron
Applications accepted all year round

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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.
  Digital twin in micromachining through multiscale simulation
  Dr H Tan, Dr Amir Siddiq
Applications accepted all year round

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Digital twin technology in manufacturing is the simulation technology that integrates multi-disciplinary, multi-physical quantity, multiscale and multi probability by making full use of the physical model, monitoring update, operation history and other data.
  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
Applications accepted all year round

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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
Applications accepted all year round

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Coastal vegetation such as seagrass protects against coastal erosion by attenuating wave energy and demobilising suspended sediments.
  Efficient simulation of the effect of mixing and flow condition on product crystal qualities in a continuous crystallizer using coupled CFD-PBE approach
  Dr A Majumder, Dr J Derksen
Applications accepted all year round

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The majority of the active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) used in the pharmaceutical industries are crystals of organic molecules.
  Energy system integration of offshore energy: exploring synergies between oil and gas and renewables sectors
  Prof R McKenna, Dr A Maheri
Applications accepted all year round

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The offshore wind and Oil & Gas sectors are historically largely separate. This project seeks to exploit synergies between the two in order to reduce the costs associated with O&G abandonment.
  Energy system modelling of decentralised energy system transitions: integrating technical, economic and social dimensions
  Dr A Maheri
Application Deadline: 21 June 2020

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Cities and municipalities are crucial areas of focus due to the large and growing populations living in them. But they are also complex dynamic systems, which present challenges to energy system modellers.
  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 Elements Techniques in 3D Dynamic Fracture Mechanics
  Dr M Menshykova, Dr O Menshykov, Prof I Guz
Applications accepted all year round

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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
Applications accepted all year round

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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.
  Fluid Mechanics of Colloidal Suspensions (Nanofluids) in Drilling Operations
  Dr A Sharifi, Dr R Rafati
Applications accepted all year round

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Nanotechnology is an emerging technology that has been employed for energy extraction processes in recent years.
  Formulation of cost-effective chemicals from wastes to control unwanted gas leakage from petroleum reservoirs
  Dr R Rafati, Dr A Sharifi
Applications accepted all year round

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High gas-oil ratio is one of the main problems during late production stage of oil from petroleum reservoirs.
  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.
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