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PhD Studentship: Advanced Composite Materials for Acoustic Systems and Speaker Manufacture

Manchester Metropolitan University - Science & Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Manchester
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,553 stipend + fees (currently £4195)
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 22nd June 2018
Closes: 31st August 2018
Reference: SciEng-MPD-2018-1

Project queries contact: Dr. Michael Peter Down; email:; Phone; 01612471171 / Professor Craig Banks

Project Summary

A fully-funded PhD studentship is available to support a student’s doctoral study on a project under a strong supervision team led by Dr Michael Peter Down and Prof. Craig Banks in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Manchester Metropolitan University in collaboration with Volt Loudspeakers.

The neutrality and quality of a speaker is defined by how accurately the system represents that of the original recording, without unnecessary coloration or distortion originating from the unwanted resonances and dynamics of the constituent components. This requires a system of communicating advanced electrical signal into audible vibrations without any loss or embellishment in the signal. As a result the resonances, dynamics and acoustic properties of the components used are fundamental in the performance and quality of the sounds produced. This project will look at developing enhanced composite materials for the development of components in high quality speakers, which provide the mechanical, acoustic and dynamic properties that allow for the limiting of unwanted resonances.

This is a collaborative project with Volt Louspeakers to develop advanced materials for the application in neutral reference grade speakers. This project therefore provides an opportunity to combine lab-based experimental research, prototyping and industrial production. The project will provide the candidate a unique environment working at the interface of academia and industry, working to develop prototypes and fully functional systems.

Specific Requirements of the Project


Candidates must have qualifications of the standard of a good honours degree at first or upper second class level at least.

Master’s degree in Physical Sciences, Engineering or similar.

Undergraduate Degree in Physical Sciences, Engineering or similar.

A demonstrated interest in audio technology, music or similar, through extracurricular activities or likewise.

A candidate highly interested in working with industrial collaborators is preferred.

Project Aims and Objectives

  • Synthesize nanomaterials and composites.
  • Develop and characterize composite materials for acoustic applications.
  • Coordinate with manufacturer to develop prototypes.
  • Test composite material prototypes.

Award length: 3 years     

Interview date: Early Sept
Start date: 1st Oct

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