Developing Impact Resistant Polymers and Composites
Fracture toughness measures the ability of a cracked material to resist fracture but it is notoriously difficult to measure accurately and consistently. Recently, we have developed a model based on Griffith fracture mechanics which can predict the fracture toughness for amorphous polymers. The technique takes advantage of the power and speed of Group Interaction Modelling to accurately predict the properties of polymers. The project will involve developing the model to predict fracture toughness across a range of amorphous polymeric resins (e.g. epoxy, phenolic), temperatures and strain rates. Alongside this, an experimental programme will be implemented to provide validation data for the model. Ultimately the model will be used to help develop more impact resistant polymers and composites.
Candidates should be self-funded, sponsored, or applying for Scholarships. The University and the Faculty of Engineering award PhD scholarships for Home, EU, and International students on a competitive basis every year. The deadline for Faculty/University Scholarships is February each year - for more information see: www.shef.ac.uk/postgraduate/research/scholarships
Candidates should have or expect to gain a good Honours degree with 2i or above in Materials Science and Engineering or related discipline.
If English is not your first language then you must have International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) average of 6.5 or above with at least 6.0 in each component.
How good is research at University of Sheffield in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials?
Materials Science and Engineering
FTE Category A staff submitted: 34.80
Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)
Click here to see the results for all UK universities