High Strain Rate Response and Manufacture of Synthetic Rubbers for Crash Test Dummy Applications [Sponsor: Cellbond/Encocam; Fully Funded]
This PhD is part of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Materials for Demanding Environments [M4DE CDT]; it is sponsored by Cellbond. and will commence September 2018.
Precise material characterisation of rubbers for high strain rate applications in crash test dummies is very important for both upgrading the current generation of dummies and the development of newer, more advanced models. The key challenges lie in identifying the link between bulk material behaviour and the influence of the manufacturing process on the performance of the finished product. Materials in crash test dummies are deployed in environments that present not only physical demands, but extreme demands for reliability and scientific accuracy.
On this project you will characterise the rubbers used for specific parts of crash test dummies using innovative experimental techniques and advanced numerical analysis. You will develop tailored mathematical material models that can be used with commercial software packages which will aid in the design of future generations of crash test dummy. You will also examine the influence of manufacturing techniques on the performance of components fabricated from synthetic rubbers, leading to the development of more reliable and accurate crash test dummy components. As part of your research, you will be offered numerous opportunities to spend time working with the sponsor, learning and applying their cutting edge techniques and witnessing first-hand the industrial application of your research.
Cellbond are an innovative provider and a global market leader of passive safety testing products and equipment within the automotive sector. Cellbond is privileged to have a strong engineering and development team that excels in product design and development, FE analysis and component testing. Cellbond has an in-depth understanding of numerous advanced materials and is the ideal partner for development projects from concept stage all the way to prototype and serial production.
This project is funded by EPSRC, the University of Manchester and our Industry partners. Funding is available to UK candidates. EU candidates are also eligible for certain projects. The successful candidates will have their fees paid in full and will receive an enhanced maintenance stipend.