PhD Studentship: Vibration analysis of Non-Metallic Materials

Cranfield University

Start Date: As soon as possible
Duration of award: 3 years
Supervisor: Dr Hugh Goyder

Funding:
Sponsored by AWE and Cranfield University. This studentship will provide a bursary of up to £15000 pa*. In addition the studentship will also cover the tuition.

* To be eligible for this funding, applicants must be a UK/EU national. We require that applicants are under no restrictions regarding how long they can stay in the UK i.e. have no visa restrictions or applicant has “settled status” and has been “ordinarily resident” in the UK for 3 years prior to start of studies and has not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals). Due to funding restrictions all EU nationals are eligible to receive a fees-only award if they do not have “settled status” in the UK

Main Copy:
The objective is to develop an accurate measurement method for the vibration properties of non-metallic materials. The project will be a laboratory based experimental project. This is an opportunity to develop new methods in an important but little explored area.

Non-metallic materials, for example glues, plastics and composites are often used in engineering assemblies. This is a challenge for computer simulations because the properties of such materials are often not well known and this leads to uncertainty when they are ignored or approximated. An added complication for vibration analysis is that the material properties can be different at different frequencies. Despite this disadvantage non-metallic materials often have favourable properties such as absorbing unwanted vibrational energy. The typical material properties that will be measured are stiffness and damping as a function of frequency and temperature. A new measurement device will be designed and built to capture these properties.

Entry requirements:
Applicants should have a first or second class UK honors degree or equivalent in mechanical engineering or a related discipline. The ideal candidate should have some understanding of practical experimental instrumentation and numerical modelling. The candidate should be self-motivated, have good communication skills and be interested in research.

If you are an international student you will need to provide evidence that you have achieved a satisfactory test result in an English qualification. The minimum standard expected from a number of accepted courses is IELTS Academic - 7. 

How to apply:
Candidates interested in this post should provide a cover letter containing a concise description of an applied project in which they have been involved along with their CV to Dr Hugh Goyder by email.

For further information please contact Dr Hugh Goyder, E: h.g.d.goyder@cranfield.ac.uk, T: (0)1793 785122

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South East England