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PhD Studentships in Metal Forming and Lightweight Structural Design

Imperial College London - Dyson School of Design Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: London
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 6th November 2018
Closes: 1st February 2019

Applications are invited for PhD research studentships in the field of metal manufacturing and structural design for lightweight vehicles leading to the award of a PhD degree. The posts will be supported by a bursary and fees (at overseas student rate or UK/EU student rate, as applicable) provided by Imperial College.

The research work will focus on the development of innovative technologies in metal forming, joining, and structural design, in terms of providing disruptive solutions to vehicle light-weighting. Example projects include: development of integrated modelling techniques for hot stamping of high strength steel; numerical and experimental studies on crashworthiness based automotive lightweight design; investigating advanced technologies for dissimilar materials joining; etc. You will integrate the fundamental scientific understanding of materials with manufacturing processes relating to materials processing, thus developing microstructural-controlled, cost-effective techniques; or, you will integrate the advanced manufacturing techniques with structural design, through modelling and optimisation, to fully explore the potential of structural performance. All projects are defined through industrial collaborations and aim to tackle industrial challenges.

You will be an enthusiastic and self-motivated person who meets the academic requirements for enrolment for a PhD degree at Imperial College London. You should have received a 1st class honours / distinction and ranked at the top 10% of an (BSc+MSc)/MEng course in Mechanical / Aero / Design / Materials Engineering or a closely related subject. You are expected to have an enquiring and rigorous approach to research, together with a strong intellect and disciplined work habits. Having a background in metal forming is beneficial, but not essential. Good team-working, observational and communication skills are essential.

Potential supervisors of the studentships:

Prof Jianguo Lin and Dr Zhusheng Shi in the Department of Mechanical Engineering;

Dr Nan Li in the Dyson School of Design Engineering.

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For further details of these posts, please contact Dr Nan Li ( Interested applicants should send an up-to-date curriculum vitae to Dr Nan Li. Suitable candidates will be required to complete an electronic application form at Imperial College London in order for their qualifications to be processed by College Registry. Qualified candidates will be interviewed in due course. (Note: Dr Nan Li will manage all applications, so please send your CV to only her email address.)

Closing date: until post filled

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