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PhD: Novel Hierarchical Composites for Improved Compressive Performance

University of Bristol - Aerospace Engineering, Bristol Composites Institute

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bristol
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Minimum £15,609 p.a. rising to 2022/23 rate when published
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 3rd March 2022
Closes: 3rd August 2022

Eligibility: Home (UK) and EU citizens who have confirmation of UK settlement or pre-settlement status under the EU Settlement Scheme

The project:

The NextCOMP programme takes a fundamentally new approach to advanced composites, using a hierarchical structure inspired by natural materials with the aim of dramatically improving the performance of advanced composites under compression. 

These novel, hierarchical composites will optimise the microstructure at a variety of length scales, to control failure and improve compressive performance. We are developing novel matrices and fibres, each with structure designed to improve compressive performance; working on new architectures for lay-up of components with larger scale structure; developing new mechanical testing methods; and using modelling to better understand compressive failure. 

We are looking for a talented, enthusiastic researcher to join our diverse team and carry out research into manufacturing these hierarchical, hybridised composites. The new approach to composites challenges existing thinking in manufacturing, requiring the development of novel methods and integration of novel materials.  This may include recycled or natural materials and addressing important sustainability concerns such as energy efficiency in manufacturing. 

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with our team across and with other partners. Their work will be disseminated nationally and internationally.  

The successful candidate (s) will be based at Bristol Composites Institute a world-leading research centre at the heart of the UK Government Composites Strategy.

How to apply:

To apply for this studentship, submit a PhD application using our online application system

Interested candidates should apply as soon as possible. Applications will remain open until the position is filled.

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those who identify with groups which are under-represented in UK Engineering to apply.

Candidate requirements: 

Applicants must hold/achieve a minimum of a Master’s degree (or international equivalent) in a mathematics, physics or engineering discipline. Applicants without a Master’s qualification may be considered on an exceptional basis, provided they hold a first-class undergraduate degree. Please note, acceptance will also depend on evidence of readiness to pursue a research degree.

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:

Profile E

Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Basic skills and knowledge required:

The ideal candidate will be a highly creative engineer/scientist with an interest in seeing their research contribute to solving real world problems. They will have a good understanding of fibre-reinforced composite materials and be comfortable carrying out practical work in a laboratory setting. Experience with manufacturing would be an advantage. 

Funding:

Subject to eligibility status and confirmation of award, stipend will also cover tuition fees at the UK student rate. 

Contacts:  

For informal enquiries, please email Dr Laura Rhian Pickard laura.pickard@bristol.ac.uk; Professor Richard Trask; r.s.trask@bristol.ac.uk or Jo Gildersleve; jo.gildersleve@bristol.ac.uk

For questions about eligibility and the application process please contact CAME Postgraduate Research Admissions 

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