This PhD research, aims to deliver an innovative scientific and technological research study, in order to address a novel, original and long-term vision concept, concerning a developed methodology aiming to the prompt and automated damage diagnosis and characterization of aerospace structures. The breakthrough aimed to be achieved could contribute to the development of new technologies, applications, and certification procedures for the aircraft sector. Read more Read less

Cranfield University is an exclusively postgraduate university specialising in technology and management research whilst demonstrating global leadership in the quality of its education provision (both to students and to executive-level professionals). Cranfield is number one in the UK for training and producing engineering and technology postgraduates, ranked number one for defence education and fourth for mechanical, aeronautical and manufacturing engineering education in the UK. In the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 exercise, 81% of our research was judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent. Cranfield has also been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize in Further and Higher Education four times, for our Fellowship in Manufacturing Management (2005), work in Humanitarian De-Mining (2007), Aviation Safety through research and training in air accident investigation (2011) and for our research on water and sanitation for developing countries (2015). Critical intellectual mass at Cranfield has recently been organised around eight major themes, Energy, Environment, Leadership and Management, Manufacturing, Transport, Aerospace, Defence and Security, and Agrifood; each supported by a theme leader who provides strategic direction and thought leadership. The themes reflect the core strengths and they pull together the breadth of the talent and experience across the University enabling researchers to apply a multi-disciplinary approach that enables cross-boundary collaboration, benefiting researchers, students and clients.

The aerospace theme is led by Professor Iain Gray, and represents one of the largest academic centres in Western Europe for strategic applied research, development and design within aerospace. This is represented by a number of advanced facilities, tools and expertise in the field, including capabilities unique to Cranfield, and several close commercial partnerships with companies, including Airbus, BAE Systems, Boeing and Rolls Royce. The aerospace theme at Cranfield has also seen significant University investment over recent years, including the development of the new Aerospace Integration Research Centre (AIRC), built at Cranfield University, with Airbus and Rolls-Royce as co-investment partners, following the award of funding from the Higher Education.

This PhD research, aims to deliver an innovative scientific and technological research study, in order to address a novel, original and long-term vision concept, concerning a developed methodology aiming to the prompt and automated damage diagnosis and characterization of aerospace structures. The breakthrough aimed to be achieved could contribute to the development of new technologies, applications, and certification procedures for the aircraft sector.

This PhD research, aims to deliver an innovative scientific and technological research study, in order to address a novel, original and long-term vision concept, concerning a developed methodology aiming to the prompt and automated damage diagnosis and characterization of aerospace structures. The breakthrough aimed to be achieved could contribute to the development of new technologies, applications, and certification procedures for the aircraft sector.

The ultimate objective of the research is to deliver an automated innovative damage evaluation tool capable to detect and characterize damage on either metallic or composite aerospace materials and structures by novel optimal fusion of non-invasive imaging technologies. Overall, the PhD student will develop both software and hardware tools combining the advantages of the applied novel imaging technologies in order to assess type, size and depth of defects in both qualitative and quantitative terms. This will be achieved by both modelling and experimental work completed in the framework of the PhD research.

Cranfield University has excellent facilities – expertise for autonomous systems and sensors – imaging technologies development. Furthermore, the PhD student would also have the opportunity to collaborate with Universite Laval in Quebec, Canada, in order to learn to work with various image processing tools developed for non-invasive imaging inspection.

The student will be based at Cranfield University in SATM. The student will also work in collaboration with Airbus UK. He/she will need to present their research findings regularly to the project team.


At a glance

  • Application deadline30 Nov 2017
  • Award type(s)PhD
  • Duration of award3 years
  • EligibilityUK, EU
  • Reference numberSATM0040

Supervisor

Professor Antonios Tsourdos – Head of the Autonomous and Cyber-Physical Systems Centre.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a first or second class UK honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline, such as physics or engineering. The ideal candidate should have some understanding in the area of imaging, optics, electronics, and industrial service delivery. The candidate should be self-motivated, have good communication skills for regular interaction with other stakeholders, with an interest for industrial research.


Funding

Sponsored by EPSRC, this studentship will provide a bursary of between £14,230 - £18,000 p.a. (tax free) plus fees* for three years.

* To be eligible for this funding, applicants must be a UK national.We require that applicants are under no restrictions regarding how long they can stay in the UK i.e. have no visa restrictions or applicant has “settled status” and has been “ordinarily resident” in the UK for 3 years prior to start of studies and has not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals). Due to funding restrictions all EU nationals are eligible to receive a fees-only award if they do not have “settled status” in the UK.


Cranfield Doctoral Network

Research students at Cranfield benefit from being part of a dynamic, focused and professional study environment and all become valued members of the Cranfield Doctoral Network. This Network brings together both research students and staff, providing a platform for our researchers to share ideas, identify opportunities for collaboration and create smaller communities of practice.  It aims to encourage an effective and vibrant research culture, founded upon the diversity of activities and knowledge. A tailored programme of seminars and events alongside our Doctoral Researchers Core Development programme (transferable skills training), provide those studying a research degree with a wealth of social and networking opportunities.


How to apply

For further information please contact: Professor Antonios Tsourdos, Head of the Autonomous and Cyber-Physical Systems Centre, E: a.tsourdos@cranfield.ac.uk, T: (0) 1234 75 8211

If you are eligible to apply for this research studentship, please complete the online application form.

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