The following fully funded projects are currently open for application:
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
Replicating orbital gas flow effects on space materials
Very low Earth orbits are ideal for remote sensing and high-bandwidth, low-communication time lag satellites. However, the residual atmosphere at these altitudes presents several challenges. For example, the International Space Station is about 400 km (250 mi) above Earth's surface and needs frequent orbit raising manoeuvres due to atmospheric drag.
In this project you will work as part of a multidisciplinary team (Engineers, Physicists, Chemists, Material Scientists) developing new aerodynamic materials and orbital aerodynamic control methods that will enable Earth observation satellites to operate at much lower altitudes than the current state of the art. You will have access to a unique new facility currently being developed as part of the EU funded DISCOVERER project, the Rarefied Orbital Aerodynamics Research Facility (ROAR). The ROAR facility will produce a stream of pure atomic oxygen at orbital velocities and is designed to be a world-leading facility for orbital aerodynamic research. The performance of the materials identified by ROAR will be validated by an in-orbit test satellite, the Satellite for Orbital Aerodynamics Research (SOAR). In this project you will be able to operate the ROAR facility, be involved in its set up, optimisation and correlation/interpretation of data from both on ground and in orbit tests. You also look at how the facility can be further developed to better replicate the flow environment in VLEO.
Funding covers stipend and full tuition fees for home/EU students.
Closing date: 28 February 2018. Further details are available from Dr Peter Roberts: 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.