PhD Scholarship in: Multiscale Composite Material Damage modelling (in collaboration with a major European industrial partner)

University of Nottingham


Dr. Savvas Triantafyllou

Project description:

Composite materials are being extensively implemented into various engineering applications, e.g. in the aerospace industry, due to their enhanced mechanical properties such as high strength to weight ratio, high stiffness to weight ratio and high damping amongst others. Simulation of damage processes pertaining to composites is a challenging task as a series of phenomena needs to be numerically addressed, i.e., crack initiation, crack propagation and delamination/ debonding. The mere fact that the aforementioned initiate and evolve across different length scales renders standard simulation procedures computationally taxing to be used in real-life applications.

This research project aims on establishing an accurate, robust and efficient method for simulating damage propagation in composites within a multiscale simulation setting. The PhD programme contains a training element, which includes research work as well as traditional taught material. The exact nature of the training will be mutually agreed by the student and their supervisors. The graduate programmes at the Faculty of Engineering provide a variety of appropriate training courses.

The successful applicant would:

i)                   be in possession of (or be expecting to obtain) a 1st class degree (MEng or Msc) in Civil/ Mechanical Engineering or a relevant discipline and

ii)                 have excellent analytical skills and a solid background in computational mechanics.

The candidate should be proficient in Matlab. Programming skills in Fortran and/or C++ are also welcome. Good written and verbal communication skills are also essential.

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 Triantafyllou and Dr. Chronopoulos

Formal applications can be made online through the University website:

Early application is strongly encouraged.

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