Nanocomposites with brush-like reinforcement
The project will focus on creating the multi-scale three-dimensional models for accurate analytical prediction of the effect of reinforcement with bristled nanowires on the overall performance of the composite material, leading to the optimal usage of very expensive nanomaterials.
The proposed research is aimed at developing a new method for improving properties of structural fibre-reinforced composites by targeted usage of relatively expensive nano-scale additives in order to improve the weakest link in such materials. The project draws on the recently reported idea of the brush-like nano-reinforcement of composite materials. It is suggested to use bristled nanowires for the ultimate purpose of fabricating composites with improved fibre-matrix adhesion and hence the increased shear strength, which is the driving parameter for increasing strength of the entire material.
At the first stage, the project will focus on creating the multi-scale three-dimensional models for accurate analytical prediction of the effect of reinforcement with bristled nanowires on the overall performance of the material.
The second stage will be devoted to the practical applications of the developed method and materials with brush-like nano-reinforcement including manufacturing nanocomposites, testing the developed materials and promoting their usage in industry.
The successful applicant will have a first or upper second class degree in: applied mathematics, solid mechanics, engineering or materials science. Knowledge in numerical modelling using MatLab, C++ or FORTRAN would be advantageous.
There is no funding attached to this project, it is for self-funded students only.
Formal applications can be completed online: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply. You should apply for PhD in Engineering, to ensure that your application is passed to the correct College for processing. Please ensure that you quote the project title and supervisor on the application form.
Informal enquiries can be made to, Professor I Guz, University of Aberdeen with a copy of your current CV and a covering letter detailing your suitability for the project. Email: [email protected] All general enquiries should be directed to the Graduate School Admissions Unit ([email protected]).