EngD Studentship - EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Hub: Composite Axle for Rail and Tram Applications

University of Nottingham

Start Date: Before 1st October 2017

Eligibility: UK and EU

Duration of Award: 4 years

Supervisor: Dr Mike Johnson

Applications are invited for a fully funded Research Engineer working towards a qualification as an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) in Composites Manufacture.  This is a four year programme where the successful applicant will be working predominantly at Bombardier Transportation, Derby, UK. (http://uk.bombardier.com/en/transportation.html). 

Project Description

This project aims to design a hollow, polymer composite axle which joins to the adjacent, metallic wheelset components.  This will require an understanding of the complex loading conditions on the axle, joining techniques and an appreciation of composite manufacturing methods. 

A parallel task within the project will be to explore the latest defect monitoring and assessment techniques as applied to composite materials and to devise a programme of testing to build a case for railway acceptance.

The Successful applicant will be based at Bombardier Transportation in Derby, UK and will:

  • Work under the supervision of the Head of Mechanical Design and the Director of Structural Integrity at Bombardier Transportation.
  • Will have regular contact with an academic supervisor at the University of Nottingham whose research area is in Polymer Composites and Joining Technologies.
  • Will complete ten, one week long Masters level taught units in the first two years of the programme.  

More information on the Engineering Doctorate can be found at:  http://www.aengd.org.uk/programmes/

Entry Requirements:

Applicants should hold or expect to obtain a first-class or upper second-class Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline, such as engineering or physics. Students with a materials background are particularly encouraged to apply. Candidates should be self-motivated and capable of studying under pressure to meet deliverables. They should also have good communication skills for regular interaction with other stakeholders.  A good basis in Mechanics of Solids and Dynamics would be advantageous along with practical laboratory skills.


The successful applicant will receive a tax free bursary of £20,000 p.a. and tuition fees for four years, subject to satisfactory research progress. This level of funding is for UK and EU applicants. Candidates should be available to start on 1st October 2017.

For further information please contact Dr Mike Johnson, T: +44 (0) 0115 951 4022, E: Michael.Johnson@nottingham.ac.uk

Applications sent to this address will not be accepted.

Online applications can be submitted via the web, quoting the project title on the application form http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/pgstudy/how-to-apply/apply-online.aspx

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