The following fully funded projects are currently open for application:
Simulation and optimisation of integrated water-energy systems to explore potential for intermittent renewables and regional power pools
The world is moving into an unprecedented era of dam-building with more than 3700 large hydropower dams currently planned or under construction, many in developing countries. These projects, and their connections to wider energy and water systems, have the potential to contribute significantly to the economic and social changes that underpin global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This PhD project seeks to build approaches and tools that help ensure dams are selected, designed and operated to support resilient and sustainable national, regional and global development under climate change. This will be achieved by understanding and assessing dams as interdependent human-nexus (water-energy-food-environment) system interventions and enabling stakeholders to negotiate economic, social, political and ecological impacts despite future uncertainty.
Funding covers stipend and full tuition fees for International or Home/EU students.
Closing date: 31 August 2018 for a September 2018 start. Further details are available from Anthony Hurford: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mixed finite elements in geometric discretisation of elasticity
A PhD position, fully funded for 42 months for UK/EU citizens, is available for a highly motivated, mathematically and computationally skilful person with knowledge of solid mechanics and/or discrete calculus. The studentship is associated with a 5-year project “Geometric Mechanics of Solids” (GEMS) funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
The overall aims of GEMS are to develop, verify and validate, a new mathematical description of the deformation and fracture behaviour of solid materials, and its software implementation for massively parallel computations. The idea is to consider solids as discrete topological spaces, described with the methods of algebraic topology, and to calculate their behaviour by the methods of discrete exterior calculus, delivering a new computational technology. It is expected that this technology will allow for demonstrating how different longer length-scale mechanical and physical properties emerge from the topology (order) and geometry (sizes) of shorter length-scale material’s structures. It is further expected, that the approach will allow for rigorous resolution of failure initiation in solids, a problem unresolvable within the classical continuum description. It is finally expected, that the technology will be computationally superior to the classical numerical methods for continuum problems, such as the Finite Element Method (FEM), while being exact compared to such methods.
The students will join a large research group - Mechanics and Physics of Solids (for more information visit https://mapos.manchester.ac.uk) - and will particularly collaborate with three academic and three post-doctoral members of the GEMS project.
Closing date: Applications are currently accepted for September 2018 start. For informal enquiries please contact Prof Andrey Jivkov: email@example.com
Jones - DOE-EPSRC
A new research partnership funded jointly between the DOE (USA) and EPSRC (UK) aims to study the mechanisms of retention and transport of fission products in virgin and irradiated nuclear graphite. The PhD project sits within a newly funded 1.5M research consortium involving the University of Manchester, Loughborough University, University of Central Florida and North Carolina State University. The successful candidate will be able to work directly with collaborators from these top US universities and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
The key aims of the project at Manchester are to better understand mechanisms associated with fission product transportation in nuclear graphite. We will study the microstructural and spectroscopic properties of graphite using state of the art 4D X-ray and TEM tomography in order to understand the migration, retention and release of particular fission products in graphite with the aim to correlate microstructure characteristics to long term graphite behaviour. Complimentary analysis such as Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photon spectroscopy (XPS), nitrogen porosimetry and diffractometry may also be used to understand FP interactions.
Funding covers stipend and full tuition fees for home/EU students.
Closing date: Applications are currently accepted for September 2018 start. Further details are available from Dr Abbie Jones: firstname.lastname@example.org
Design by Science
The Universities of Manchester and Birmingham are working together in a £1M project, “Design by Science”, that aims to develop an “Integrated Computational Materials Engineering” (ICME) framework for multi-scale modelling of the entire process, starting with thermo-mechanical processing of the metal powder, then welding the powder-formed component to conventionally processed steel, and finally putting the component into service.
The student will join the “Design by Science” team at Manchester. They will undertake the fabrication and characterisation of small and large scale welded components made from HIP’d AISI 316L steel, and apply both detailed microscopy and a range of material properties testing techniques to understand how HiP’d material behaves during the welding process. The knowledge gained will be incorporated into microstructurally informed continuum computational models of stress and distortion development in engineering-scale components, which will in turn be validated using techniques such as neutron and synchrotron diffraction.
Funding covers stipend and full tuition fees for home/EU students. Overseas students will need to identify additional funding to cover the difference in fees
Closing date: Applications are currently accepted. Further details are available from Prof Mike Smith (email@example.com)
If you are interested in applying for any of the above projects please forward your CV to the supervisor directly and complete an Application form available at How to apply.