Four-year EngD scholarship with Rolls-Royce: ‘Exploring and Understanding the Role of Material, Manufacturing Process and Fibre Architecture on Impact Containment Efficiency for Composite Containment Systems.’

University of Bristol - Faculty of Engineering/National Composites Centre

The project:

Exploring and understanding the role of material, manufacturing process and fibre architecture on impact containment efficiency for composite containment systems.

Industrial Doctorate Centre (IDC) in Composites Manufacture (A collaboration between University of Bristol, Cranfield University, The University of Manchester, and The University of Nottingham).

Industrial Sponsor: Rolls-Royce Plc (

Project outline:

Study concerns composite materials, methods of manufacture, and fibre architecture for the containment of impact threats across a range of engine sizes. A comparison of impact capabilities and behaviour and other key attributes, including cost, weight, and producibility, will be made.

The study will be based on representative sub-component feature impact tests and their simulation. It should also datamine publically available information for other attributes/considerations and data from subject-matter experts in Rolls-Royce. The composite options available will be compared to best metallic offerings as a benchmark.

All EngD students are supervised by an academic and an industrial supervisor and are registered at the University of their academic supervisor.

Rolls-Royce is a Power Systems company: for more than a hundred years Rolls-Royce have been providing power for aircraft, ships, and land applications. Their vision is to provide “better power for a changing world”. Better, because their customers need their systems to become more efficient all the time as they respond to the growing demand for all types of power in a fast changing world.

Rolls-Royce are best known for their aero engines, that power many of the world’s most advanced passenger jets, like the new Airbus A350 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. But, there is much more to the company than that. Rolls-Royce also produce low–emission power systems for ships, some of which are designed by Rolls-Royce. They power a wide array of land vehicles: ranging from trains to combine harvesters, and build engines that can generate electricity.

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.

Project start date: As soon as possible.

How to apply: If you are interested in applying for this EngD project please send your CV and a covering letter to the IDC at

About the IDC and the EngD programme:

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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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