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Postgraduate Research Opportunity: Poroelasticity and Lubrication Mechanisms of Cartilage in Natural Synovial Joints (EPSRC DTP)

University of Leeds

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Leeds
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Covers fees & provides a maintenance
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 20th May 2019
Closes: 31st July 2019

Funded PhD project: UK and EU
Value: Funding covers the cost of fees and provides a maintenance matching the Research Council UK rate (£15,009 for 2019/20). Funding duration is 3.5 years. UK and EU applicants will be eligible for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance.
Number of awards: 1
Deadline: 31/07/2019
Supervisors: Dr Gregory de Boer and Dr Michael Bryant. Contact Dr Gregory de Boer to discuss this project further informally.

Project description

In the most recent understanding of the lubrication mechanisms in natural synovial joints it remains uncertain as to how ultra-low friction is generated. This ultra-low friction facilitates high loading, dynamic shock response and minimal wear damage, whereby the cartilage material is poroelastic and fluid flows to and from the contacting interface during operation.

Inspired by biology, engineers aim to design poroelastic bearings in which lubrication is boosted by the flow of fluid into and out of the contacting materials. We are looking for an enthusiastic graduate with an interest in fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, tribology, engineering materials and physiology to join the School of Mechanical Engineering anytime up to September 2019.

The project will be largely computational and will involve the development of new modelling techniques for poroelastic lubrication mechanisms. There will be a range of modelling challenges to overcome including anisotropic material properties, shear-thinning fluids, viscoelastic solids and lubricating films. Imaging techniques will be used to create representative geometries and open source software implemented to allow wide dissemination of the research.

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with or expecting a first class honours or upper second class undergraduate degree in Engineering, Physics, or Mathematics.

How to apply

Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the university's website. Please state clearly in the research information section that the PhD you wish to be considered for is the 'Poroelasticity and lubrication mechanisms of cartilage in natural synovial joints (EPSRC DTP)' as well as Dr Gregory de Boer as your proposed supervisor.

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements.

We welcome scholarship applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.

If you require any further information please contact the Graduate School Office
e:, t: +44 (0)113 343 8000.

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