PhD Scholarship in: Aerospace Composite Structures Modelling and Ultrasonic Wave-based Health Monitoring (in collaboration with a major European industrial partner)

University of Nottingham


Dimitrios Chronopoulos, Faculty of Engineering, Gregor Tanner, School of Mathematical Sciences

Project description:

Failure of aerospace structures can be life threatening for passengers and financially catastrophic for the operator and the manufacturer. This is the main reason for which a large part of an aircraft’s lifecycle and operating cost is spent for inspecting its structural integrity on the ground. On-line detection and characterization of minor failures within composite aerospace structures can lead to a radical reduction of this cost. Computing the wave propagation characteristics through structural damage can be a computationally challenging task.

The PhD candidate will be expected to make significant contributions to the development of wave interaction modelling tools as well as robust damage identification and classification tools for complex composites. The successful applicant should:

i)                   be in possession of (or be expecting to obtain) a first-class or a 2:1 degree in mechanical/aerospace engineering or a relevant discipline and

ii)                 have a sound background in dynamics of solids and/or composite structures numerical modelling.

This EU Marie-Curie studentship provides an annual stipend of approximately £25,726 and full payment of Home/EU or International Tuition Fees. The studentship is available beginning on the 1st March 2017.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr. Chronopoulos

Formal applications can be made online through the University website:

Early application is strongly encouraged.

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