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Fully Funded EPSRC DTP PhD Scholarship: The Effect of Length Scales and Data Resolution on Image-Based Simulation

Swansea University - School of Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Swansea
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £20,000 p.a. Additional funding of £10,000 p.a. is available for research expenses.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 30th July 2019
Closes: 7th October 2019

This scholarship is funded by the EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership.

This PhD opportunity is a joint project with industrial sponsor The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC).

Start date: January 2020

Subject areas: Computational modelling, Non-destructive testing, experimental engineering, advanced manufacturing

Conventional simulations like FEA and CFD are the de-facto industry tools for predicting component performance during the engineering design phase. Models are drawn to be geometrically ideal using computer aided design (CAD), therefore assuming that all parts within a batch are identical. Once manufactured, parts are qualified fit for purpose with experimental tests representative of in-service conditions because they rarely perform identically to idealised drawings.

A proposed improved approach is part-specific simulation which has applications in high-value and specialist manufacturing wherever there is non-negligible variability from one component to another e.g. additive manufacturing or composites. One method of creating part-specific models is to construct detailed simulation geometries from micro-resolution 3D images (e.g. X-ray CT or laser scanning). As a contrast to design-based models, these image-based FEM simulations treat each part as unique. The main benefit is that these part-specific models simulate components ‘as-manufactured’ rather than ‘as-designed’ for improved accuracy.

The successful candidate will have a good undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, e.g. engineering, materials science, physics or computer science. Previous specialisation in image-based simulation is not required as the student will gain this expertise while working closely with the industrial sponsor ‘The MTC’. Through use of some of the most advanced facilities in the world, this project will provide the opportunity to develop transferable skills in industrial processes; advanced manufacturing, non-destructive testing and evaluation; material and component qualification; cutting-edge engineering simulation - thus ensuring the candidate is prepared for a wide range of possible career paths after graduation.


Academic eligibility

Candidates should hold a first or upper second class honours degree (or its equivalent) or a Master’s degree in a subject area related to the project (e.g. engineering, materials science, computer science, mathematics and physics).

A strong background in experimental work is required. Experience with simulation is desirable, particularly engineering analysis e.g. FEA/CFD. Good programming skills, Python, CUDA, C/C++ or Fortran is preferred.

Residential criteria

Studentships funded by EPSRC are subject to UK/EU residency eligibility

Additional Funding Information

This scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of £20,000 for UK candidates. Stipend value is dependent on the candidate residency, please visit the EPSRC website for more information.

Additional funding of £10,000 p.a. is available for research expenses.

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