The research in this doctoral opportunity will investigate the relationship between material elastic and thermal properties by using high resolution digital imaging under dynamic loads. Read more Read less

Digital image correlation is an effective tool to characterize material properties. The analysis of the images can provide a fair assessment about the changes in material behaviour under different operational conditions. However, these changes are more often reported under quasi-static loads. The use of imaging is quite effective to determine the changes in elastic and thermal properties of materials; but still more research is required to establish the inter-dependencies between these properties with the help of high resolution images.

In this research, different sets of composites material will be dynamically loaded in a lab setup. High resolution cameras will be installed to capture the elastic and thermal changes in the material during the loads. Distinct experimental scheme will be designed initially to enlist the main elastic and thermal properties. Later, the experiments will be performed and results will be analysed to empirically relate the elastic and thermal behaviour of the selected material.

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At a glance

  • Application deadlineOngoing
  • Award type(s)PhD
  • Duration of award3 years
  • EligibilityUK, EU, Rest of World
  • Reference numberSATM0022

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area (e.g. aerospace, automotive, mechanical, and  manufacturing) with a minimum 60% mark in the Project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average
  • The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a three-year period of study
  • A minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 6.5).

Also, the successful candidate is expected to:

  • Have excellent analytical, reporting and communication skills
  • Be self-motivated, independent and team player
  • Be genuine enthusiasm for the subject and technology
  • Have the willing to publish research findings in international journal.

Funding

Self-funded

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How to apply

Before completing the application documentation please contact Dr Muhammad Khan for an initial informal discussion about this opportunity.

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

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