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Design, optimisation, and application of micro-structures with unusual elastic behaviour

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Majority of engineering materials have positive values of elastic constants. Some materials, on the other hand, are known to possess negative Poisson’s ratios and negative compressibility. These materials have extensive applications including manufacturing blast proof systems, smart materials and filters, and automotive and aerospace industries. Since the discovery of these materials, investigations have been focused on examining their properties and applications, finding new materials and developing new procedures to produce such materials.
In this project a number of novel numerical approaches will be employed to design and develop micro-structures with these unusual elastic behaviours. New applications will be investigated and numerical analysis of such micro-structures under likely scenarios of loading will be carried out. It is envisaged that some of the new designs will be manufactured using a 3D printer and complementary tests will be carried out to demonstrate the practicality of the structures.
Informal enquires can be sent to Dr Asaad Faramarzi () and in the first instance should contain a covering letter and a CV.

Funding Notes

For excellent applicants (very good first degree), there is the potential for funding for Home / EU students that will cover fees at the current Home / EU student rate and a stipend. Overseas students are welcome to apply but should note that they will be required to be either completely self-funding, or to make up the difference between Home and Overseas fees.

How good is research at University of Birmingham in Civil and Construction Engineering?

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