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PhD students in the Structural Meta-Materials Group

Imperial College London - Department of Aeronautics

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: London
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: please see advert text.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 21st September 2022
Closes: 27th October 2022
 

We are looking for fill a number of PhD studentship positions in the Structural Metamaterials research group in the Department of Aeronautics at Imperial College London. The group focuses on the development of multiscale methods and formal design optimisation methodologies to design optimum structures with a range of mechanical, thermos-mechanical and vibration responses. By designing the structures across the scales, the hierarchical shape of the meta-material (for example and graded lattice like structure) can be tailored. This leads to fascinating properties which would otherwise not be able to be accessed if the external shape of the structure alone was considered.

The research group at Imperial has undertaken a range of research in this area and we have secured funding to develop a new frameworks for multiscale optimisation which move far beyond the current state of the art. More information on our current work can be found at (www.imperial.ac.uk/structural-metamaterials).

The structural-metamaterials research group is an extremely active group of academics, postdoctoral researchers and PhD students working on a range of challenging problems. We have obtained funding from industry and government funding agencies, and have recently been awarded an EPSRC Programme Grant to develop structural metamaterials for bio-medical applications (see https://oncoeng.org/), we also have active PhD funding from Airbus and have commercialised some of the research group’s code to industrial partners.

Much of our work has concentrated on homogenisation methods for multiscale analysis and optimisation and this is a route we will continue to pursue. However, we are also extending our work into new areas such as hyper-reduction of multiscale problems to address design challenges such as those encountered in crashworthiness and heat transfer.

The PhDs available span a few areas and will be discussed with interested candidates. We have funding to extend our work undertaken as part of the OncoEng Grant (https://oncoeng.org/) and have additional industrial funding for the design of structural heat exchangers in the aerospace sector, where new energy vectors such as hydrogen lead to significant thermal challenges.

We are looking for PhD students who enjoy coding and are capable programmers. While much of our work uses Python (and this is the language which will be used in the PhD), a demonstration of enjoying coding and numerical methods is more important than experience with the specific language. An understanding of the finite element method would also be beneficial as would an appreciation of design optimisation methods.

Funding restrictions mean that we are only able to recruit candidates eligible for UK fees, I am afraid this is a hard constraint on the positions and is not something we have any flexibility over.

For more information please contact either Dr Rob Hewson (r.hewson@imperial.ac.uk) or Dr Matthew Santer (m.santer@imperial.ac.uk).

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