PhD studentship: Polymer Composites Design Tool for Harsh Environments

Imperial College London - Department of Aeronautics

The key objective of this PhD program is the development and validation of a predictive modelling capability for composite components with complex geometry, enabling use in demanding environments such as ballistic impact, bird strike or drone strike, fan blade containment or shield design for future open rotor aircraft. The research work will involve the use of numerical techniques, specifically the finite element system ls-dyna, to predict the impact performance of laminated composites with fibres, such as Dyneema, Kevlar and Vectran.

Applications are invited from candidates with a first or upper second class degree or equivalent in Engineering, Mathematics, Physics or other relevant subject.

Applicants should have an interest in modelling and should possess good analytical skills. Applications are invited from candidates with (or who expect to gain) a good upper-second or first-class honours degree in a Computational or related Engineering areas.

The rules on who is eligible are strict and cannot be changed. UK and EU citizens are eligible. The studentship is for three and half years starting as soon as possible and will provide full coverage of tuition fees and an annual tax-free stipend of circa £16,057.

Applications will be assessed as received and all applicants should follow the standard College ( Informal enquiries and request for additional information can be made at the address below.

Informal enquiries and requests for additional information for this post can be made to: Professor Iannucci via e-mail:

Should you have any queries regarding the application process please contact:
Ms Lisa Kelly by e-mail: phone on +44 (0)20 7594 5056.

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