PhD Studentship: Airborne Ultrasound for Real-time measurement of physical structures ENG1128

University of Nottingham - Engineering

Location: University Park

The world is full of multi-component products such as foods (biscuits and fruits) and automotive components (Hybrid materials). The physical structure of these products affects their performance and there is a need for methods to characterise them during manufacturing. This project will utilise a novel airborne ultrasound instrument to develop techniques to characterise these structures. Airborne ultrasound systems use high frequency sound waves such as those used for medical imaging and non-destructive testing. However, they do not require direct contact with the sample under inspection, making them suitable for industrial environments. The project will focus on how the sound propagates through these systems and how data is recorded by the instrument. State of the art machine learning algorithms will also be developed to characterise different industrially relevant multi-component structures.

The studentship will cover PhD tuition fees and a tax-free stipend for three years (£14,553 for the 2017-18 academic year) for UK/EU students. Candidates should be available to start on 1st October 2017.

Requirements of studentship:

1) Students should have, or expect to obtain, a first-class or good 2:1 honours degree, or a distinction or high merit at MSc level (or international equivalent) in Engineering, Physics, Maths or Computer Science.

2) Students should be able to demonstrate an interest in developing instruments and measurement techniques. Students with experience or a willingness to learn software such as Labview and Matlab are encouraged to apply.

3) Informal contact can be sent to before submitting an online application. Please send a copy of your CV with your update relevant experience. Online application can be made via web, please quote the studentship reference and Dr Nicholas Watson

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