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PhD Studentship: Low-frequency Vibration Inspection of Sandwich Composites

University of Bristol - Mechanical Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bristol, Hereford
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £20,000 Minimum p.a. tax free, subject to eligibility criteria and contracts
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 14th March 2019
Closes: 31st August 2019

The project:

The Ultrasonics and Non-Destructive Group at the University of Bristol and Baugh and Weedon are seeking a top class candidate to undertake research leading to the award of an Engineering Doctorate (EngD).

The studentship is offered through the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Innovation in NDE (FIND CDT) which is a partnership between a select group of universities and companies offering a 4-year Engineering doctorate designed to launch outstanding graduates into an engineering career.

This project will use low-frequency vibration to classify defects in sandwich composites and determine their depth, location and size, based on comparison with the modelled low-frequency (5 kHz -100 kHz) responses of a range of structures with different defect types. Bristol has considerable experience of both acoustic modelling and inversion methods using modelled responses. For this project a database method coupled with multi-dimensional optimisation to invert the data and determine the type and 3D location of defects will be used initially, with potential for refinement of the method in a variety of ways.

The student will be based at the  Ultrasonics and Non-Destructive Group at the University of Bristol before relocating to the Baugh & Weedon’s offices in Hereford. The post is supported by a bursary and fees (UK/EU student rate) provided by EPSRC, together with a generous top up by the sponsor company in excess of £20,000 pa, tax free.

How to apply:

Interested applicants should first send an up-to-date CV to find-cdt@bristol.ac.uk prior to application.

Please make an online application for this project at http://www.bris.ac.uk/pg-howtoapply. Please select < Mechanical Engineering> on the Programme Choice page and enter details of the studentship when prompted in the Funding and Research Details sections of the form with the name of the supervisor.

Candidate requirements: 

A minimum 2.1 honours degree in Mechanical Engineering Physics or a related discipline.

Basic skills and knowledge required

An enquiring and rigorous approach to research together with a strong intellect and disciplined work habits. Good team-working, observational and communication skills are essential.

Funding:

The post is supported by a bursary and fees (at the UK/EU student rate) provided by EPSRC, together with a generous top up by the sponsor company, Baugh & Weedon. The total stipend will be in excess of £20,000 pa, tax free.

Candidates can check their suitability at https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/eligibility/

Contacts:  

For informal enquiries, please contact find-cdt@bristol.ac.uk or Dr Mahdi Azaepeyvand m.azarpeyvand@bristol.ac.uk

   
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