PhD Studentship: Parametric Modelling of Mechanical Performance of Nonwovens for Design and Manufacturing

Loughborough University

Start date: January 2017

Supervisors: Primary supervisor: Dr. Emrah Demirci

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

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Project Details:
A unique opportunity to undertake a fully funded PhD studentship in the internationally recognized Mechanics of Advanced Materials Research Group (MoAM) in the Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical & Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough University, UK.

Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical & Manufacturing Engineering is one of the largest and most successful engineering schools in the UK and boasts an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, as well as strong links with industry. The work performed by the MoAM is based on numerical modelling and experimental analysis of mechanics of advanced materials and manufacturing processes with computational solid mechanics.

The main aim of the project is to develop a parametric industrial numerical (finite element) model to simulate time-dependent, anisotropic, elastic-plastic and damage material properties of nonwovens based on their manufacturing parameters and fibre properties. The project will be conducted in collaboration with the Nonwovens Institute of NC State University, USA and the student will attend semi-annual industrial advisory board meetings in the USA to report to the board of industrial members and funders. This research project is ideal for developing finite element, material characterisation/testing and engineering programming skills.

Entry requirements:
The candidates must be expecting, or have obtained a first class honours or good upper second class degree in Mechanical Engineering or other relevant subject. The candidate should have a strong background in solid mechanics and basic knowledge in finite element analysis and coding (preferably Matlab or Python). 

Funding information:
The studentship is for three years and provides a tax-free stipend of £14,296 per annum plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. Due to funding restrictions, this is only available to those who are eligible to pay UK/EU fees.

Contact details:
Name: Dr. Emrah Demirci
Email address: number: (0)1509 227621

How to apply:
All applications should be made online at Under programme name, please select ‘Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering’.  

In the Research Information Section, please state the student reference: “ED051116”.

Informal enquiries are welcomed to Dr. Emrah Demirci, email:

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