|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students, International Students|
|Funding amount:||Funding amount: Minimum £21,622 p.a. for 3.5 years subject to eligibility status and confirmation of award|
|Placed On:||28th September 2023|
|Closes:||20th October 2023|
Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) of thermoplastics could potentially offer many advantages to the composites industry allowing a one-step manufacturing process, hence reducing costs and throughput. There are also advantages in terms of the perceived better recyclability of these materials compared with their thermoset counter-parts. However, the manufacturing technique is not without challenges as the method is prone to the creation of voids within the laminates and achieving the right level of crystallinity (for optimum structural performances) is difficult. This project aims to develop a virtual thermoplastic AFP platform that will support the optimisation of deposition parameters (that is, temperature, deposition speed, roller compaction) to maximise part quality (that is, reduce void level whilst maximising crystallinity). This project will build on recent breakthroughs made at Bristol Composites Institute (BCI) in the development of fast simulation tools for the prediction of defects generated during AFP.
The project is fully funded by the French RTO IRT St Exupery and will be based at BCI, a world-leading research centre at the University of Bristol. The institute has over 150 researchers and works closely with the £60M National Composites Centre, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the University engaged with industry to fully exploit and develop composites technology. The student will be expected to make a number of visits to IRT St Exupery facilities in Toulouse (France) during the duration of the project.
Further details of our composites research can be found via www.bris.ac.uk/composites/research. More details on the activities of the project funder are available at: https://www.irt-saintexupery.com/.
How to apply:
To apply for this studentship, submit a PhD application using our online application system [www.bristol.ac.uk/pg-howtoapply]
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Applicants must hold/achieve a minimum of a master’s degree (or international equivalent) in a science, mathematics, 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.
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