Four-Year EngD Scholarship with the National Composites Centre: “Design for Manufacture of High Volume Carbon-Fibre Composites for Automotive”

University of Bristol - Faculty of Engineering

Project Outline:

The purpose of this project is to develop and prove design, analysis, and production methodologies for the manufacture of high volume carbon composite automotive components. This will enable the NCC to advertise consultancy services to the automotive industry and help to develop UK supply chain capability. We aim to demonstrate and promote the UK as a centre of excellence for composite automotive structure design and manufacture in the global market.

Carbon composites are rarely used on mass production vehicles but are utilised in larger quantities in niche vehicles such as the performance car and hybrid markets. These applications are currently considered low volume and low rate due to the relatively labour intensive and costly design and manufacturing processes. In order for the automotive industry to adopt carbon composite materials more readily they must be cost-competitive with current steel and aluminium components and the design, analysis, and production process must be proven and easily adopted by major OEMs and their supply chains.

The process for component development must consider the following:

  • Technical and commercial requirements capture.
  • Concept development.
  • Materials and process selection.
  • Material characterisation.
  • CAD modelling, component.
    • Create product specification documents.
  • FEA analysis and optimisation component.
  • Validation of FEA by test.
  • CAD modelling, tooling.
    • Create tooling specification documents.
  • FEA analysis, tooling.
  • Lifecycle analysis (to include cost modelling).

Project start date: As soon as possible.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications are considered as soon as they are received, and the position will be allocated as soon as a suitable candidate is found.

Location: National Composites Centre, Bristol.

How to apply: If you are interested in applying for this EngD project please send your CV, covering letter and academic transcript to:

About the IDC and the EngD programme:

For further information about the IDC and the EngD programme please visit:

Candidate requirements: 


An upper second-class degree (or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate discipline.


Stipend: £20k p.a.

Standard EPSRC studentship eligibility criteria apply:


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