PhD Studentship

University of Bristol - Department of Mechanical Engineering

Study of Novel Materials Characteristics under Environmental Conditions to Improve Strength and Reliability

Salary/stipend: Minimum £14,296 p.a. for 2016/17 depending upon start date.

The project:

Various novel building materials, recyclable and renewable materials and other materials have been developed and manufactured in the last three decades without an in depth assessment of their characteristics (strength, stress, expansion, deterioration, fatigue, breaking) when exposed to different temperatures and humidity’s.

The basic experimental thermo-hygro test involve only one or two ambient temperatures and humidity’s due to the time it takes to generate experimental results. However, materials are being shipped and used in different climates, under different conditions and should be assessed over a wide range of temperature and humidity in order to predict their life span and ideal working conditions.

Therefore, this project is about:

  • Developing an analytical and/or numerical method, based on experimental results, to determine the materials mechanical characteristics under various environmental conditions.
  • Update and use an existing experimental rig, using the latest measuring devices and control system techniques to obtain accurate experimental data.
  • Test novel materials (insulation materials, composite materials) in order to improve on their characteristics.
  • Develop and manufacture the right material for the right application under the right environmental conditions.

How to apply:

Please make an online application for this project at Please select <Mechanical Engineering> on the programme choice page and enter details of the studentship when prompted in the funding and research details sections of the form with the name of the supervisor.

Candidate requirements: 

A minimum 2:1 in an MEng; or equivalent MSc, or any four year degree in Mechanical, Mathematics, Civil and Electrical Engineering. Candidates with a good Physics degree may also apply.


The scholarship covers full UK/EU (EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for three years prior to application) PhD tuition fees and a tax-free stipend at the current RCUK rate (£14,296 in 2016/17). EU nationals resident in the EU may also apply and will qualify only for PhD tuition fees.


For informal enquiries please email Dr Hind Saidani-Scott,

For general enquiries, please email

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