PhD Studentship - Digital Image Correlation for Determining Material’s Constitutive Properties

Cranfield University

The research in this doctoral opportunity will investigate the relationship between material elastic and thermal properties by using high resolution digital imaging under dynamic loads.

Digital image correlation is an effective tool to characterize material properties. The analysis of the images can provide a fair assessment about the changes in material behaviour under different operational conditions. However, these changes are more often reported under quasi-static loads. The use of imaging is quite effective to determine the changes in elastic and thermal properties of materials; but still more research is required to establish the inter-dependencies between these properties with the help of high resolution images.

In this research, different sets of composites material will be dynamically loaded in a lab setup. High resolution cameras will be installed to capture the elastic and thermal changes in the material during the loads. Distinct experimental scheme will be designed initially to enlist the main elastic and thermal properties. Later, the experiments will be performed and results will be analysed to empirically relate the elastic and thermal behaviour of the selected material.

  • Application deadline: Ongoing
  • Award type(s): PhD
  • Duration of award 3 years
  • Eligibility: UK, EU, Rest of World

Supervisors: Dr Muhammad Khan and Dr Yifan Zhao

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area (e.g. aerospace, automotive, mechanical, and  manufacturing) with a minimum 60% mark in the Project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average.
  • The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a three-year period of study.
  • A minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 6.5).

Funding: Self-funded

Doctoral Training Centre
Research students at Cranfield benefit from being part of a dynamic, focused and professional study environment and all become valued members of the Cranfield Doctoral Network. This Network brings together both research students and staff, providing a platform for our researchers to share ideas, identify opportunities for collaboration and create smaller communities of practice.  It aims to encourage an effective and vibrant research culture, founded upon the diversity of activities and knowledge. A tailored programme of seminars and events alongside our Doctoral Researchers Core Development programme (transferable skills training), provide those studying a research degree with a wealth of social and networking opportunities.

How to apply
Before completing the application documentation please contact Dr Muhammad Khan

If you are eligible to apply for this research studentship, please complete the online application form.

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