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PhD Studentship: Intelligent Computational Methods for Advanced Composites

Imperial College London - Department of Aeronautics

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: London
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £20,000
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 15th July 2019
Expires: 15th October 2019

3 year funded PhD studentship

Intelligent Computational Methods for Advanced Composites

Overview: The structural integrity group in the Aeronautics department ( is dedicated to improving integrity of engineering components and structures used in aerospace and other safety-critical industries. The focus of the group is on developing mathematical and computational models supported through laboratory testing to improve performance, durability and safety of operations. Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) has been identified as a key technology in damage tolerance design for the next generation of composite aircraft. Furthermore, we consider structural integrity assessment as an important part of robustness, reliability and economics of operation of structures.

The group have pioneered methodologies for modelling material degradation, cracking and failure of both metallic and composite materials using different computational tools such as Finite element, boundary element and meshless methods.

The PhD studentship will contribute to the ongoing research on the development of computational tools for the design of composite parts. Artificial and machine learning techniques are encouraged to be utilized. The students will be sponsored by an EU project with the focus of computational methods for complex composite parts. The range of topics on offer include:

Prerequisites: Only the very best students will be considered for this position. Candidates should have (or expect to obtain) a good upper class or first class honours degree (or equivalent) in aeronautics or similar engineering disciplines. Strong background in numerical analysis (non-linear, dynamic) and excellent analytical and experimental skills are required. Programming experience is an advantage (e.g. Fortran, C++, Matlab, Python).

Funding is available only to UK citizens and EU citizens who have resided in the UK for the past three years. The studentship is for 3 years and will provide full coverage of tuition fees and an annual tax-free stipend of approximately £20,000.

Start date: 1st October 2019

Apply: Interested applicants should make initial informal enquiries via email to Dr Zahra Sharif Khodaei ( ) and Professor M.H. Aliabadi ( then follow the standard College online application procedure

Course code: H4ZX / Course name: Aeronautics Research / Proposed supervisor: Dr Zahra Sharif Khodaei / Professor M.H. Aliabadi / Proposed Research Topic: Intelligent Computational Methods for Advanced Composites 

For queries regarding the application process, please contact Ms Lisa Kelly by email to: or phone on +44(0)20 7594 5056. Committed to equality and valuing diversity. We are also an Athena Bronze SWAN Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion and a Two Tick Employer. 

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