PhD studentship - A Multiphysics Predictive Modelling Framework for Mitigating Residual Stresses and Distortions in Polymer Composites

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Engineering – Centre for Structural Engineering and Informatics

PhD studentship - Project title: “A multiphysics predictive modelling framework for mitigating residual stresses and distortions in polymer composites”

Applications are invited for a PhD position in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham to work on the project “A multiphysics predictive modelling framework for mitigating residual stresses and distortions in polymer composites” led by Dr Savvas Triantafyllou in collaboration with the National Integrity Research Centre and the Lloyd’s Register Foundation. Successful candidate will be part of the Centre of Structural Engineering and Informatics which has excellent laboratory and computational facilities and carries out research across key disciplines of Engineering.

The aim of the project is to develop a multi-physics, probabilistic modelling framework to predict residual stresses and distortions in moulded components. This will inform manufacturing processes resulting in more durable and resilient structural components. The overarching objective of this project is to improve understanding of process-induced residual stresses, thus facilitating critical assessment of composite structures.

The candidate will have access to the University of Nottingham High Performance Computing facility; a high performance "Beowulf-class" compute cluster comprised of many standard components (e.g. high specification computer servers) networked together by high performance interconnect, and with the necessary software to make it capable of performing very large calculations, involving hundreds of compute cores, and several terabytes (TB) of computer memory. Lloyd’s Register Foundation funds the advancement of engineer-related education and research and supports work that enhances safety of life at sea, on land and in the air. Lloyd’s Register Foundation is partly funded by the profits of their trading arm Lloyd’s Register Group Limited, a global engineering, technical and business services organisation. NSIRC is a state-of-the-art postgraduate engineering facility established and managed by structural integrity specialist TWI. NSIRC aims to deliver cutting edge research and highly qualified personnel to its key industrial partners.

Candidates should have at least a 2:1 grade or equivalent in Engineering or Applied Mathematics. Overseas applicants should also submit valid IELTS result (overall 6.0 with each element at least 5.5) if applicable. Applications from candidates with a good background in Computational Mechanics are particularly welcome. 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 project is funded by Lloyds Register Foundation, TWI and academic partners. The studentship will provide successful Home/EU students with a stipend of £16k/year and will cover the cost of tuition fees. Overseas applicants are welcome to apply, however total funding in this case is capped at £24k/year. The researcher is expected to start no later than 1 October 2017.

For informal enquiries or formal applications, please send a CV, a covering letter stating how your interests and experience relate to the project, your academic transcripts and the names and email addresses of two academic referees to Dr Savvas Triantafyllou, tel: 0115 951 4108, or email: savvas.triantafyllou@nottingham.ac.uk

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PhD

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Midlands of England