|Funding for:||UK Students|
|Funding amount:||Funded PhD studentship|
|Placed On:||15th November 2018|
|Closes:||13th February 2019|
Lead Supervisor: Dr Peter Roberts
Co-Supervisor(s): Dr Vitor Oiko, Dr Stephen Edmondson
Programme: PhD in Aerospace Engineering
A funded PhD studentship is currently available, developing robust satellite technology to deal with the challenges of erosion and oxidation in Low Earth Orbits. Chemists, physicists and materials scientists wishing to conduct collaborative research between industry and academia should apply now.
GomSpace (https://gomspace.com/home.aspx) is a globally leading designer, integrator and manufacturer of high-end nanosatellites for customers in the academic, government and commercial markets. Their space hardening program is a strategic priority allowing GomSpace to enter on the market for longer lifetime low Earth orbit (LEO) missions. One of the key challenges is posed by atomic oxygen (AO) interactions with spacecraft surfaces and materials. AO is the major component of the residual atmosphere in LEO, and can produce significant changes in mass and surface properties for many materials through erosion and oxidation. Therefore, improving our understanding of the space environment, interactions and effects, along with design techniques and mitigations is essential for future developments.
At the University of Manchester we are developing a unique experimental facility that replicates the hyperthermal atomic oxygen flux in LEO. The Rarefied Orbital Aerodynamics Research Facility (ROAR) is part of the EU funded DISCOVERER project (https://discoverer.space/) and represents a new approach to the study of materials in LEO conditions. We are an interdisciplinary group of researchers composed of physicists, material scientists and engineers. You’ll integrate with the experimental team, contributing to the system’s set up and optimisation. The project activities include:
By joining us you will profit from:
Entry requirements can be found by selecting the relevant PhD programme at this link:
Must have experience of hands-on practical projects. Knowledge of high vacuum system development and experience of using high vacuum facilities is desirable. Would suit an engineer or practical physics graduate.
Part-funded by GomSpace through a MACE Beacon scholarship.
The DISCOVERER project involves a consortium of industry and university partners from across the space sector. For more details see http://DISCOVERER.space
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This project is currently accepting applications
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Please contact Dr Peter Roberts at email@example.com
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