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EngD Studentship in Coded Excitation of Ultrasound for Improved Signal Acquisition in Pipeline Inspection Robots

Supervisor: Dr Fred Cegla

Deadline for applying: until post filled

Applications are invited for a research studentship in the field of advanced non-destructive evaluation (NDE) technique development leading to the award of an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) degree.

NDT Global, the project sponsor, is a leading provider of inspection services evaluating coded sequences for inline pipeline inspection robots.  It develops and operates specialized robots that operate autonomously over large areas recording high volumes of ultrasound data.  Under specific pipeline conditions, reception of reliable ultrasound signals is challenging due to very low signal to noise ratio (SNR). In addition, due to high propagation speed of the robot and dense integration of transducers, operating a large number of ultrasonic transducers in parallel can result in undesired cross-talk which impairs data quality. The Imperial NDE group has recently presented work on coded excitation of ultrasonic signals in order to reduce the power input and improve the final signal to noise ratio in ultrasound signals. This project will investigate sequence design, transducer effect and electronics hardware.

The student will be based at Imperial College London; travelling to company offices in Aberdeen and Stutensee, Germany, for research visits.

The studentship is offered through the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Innovation in NDE (FIND CDT) ; a partnership of universities and companies offering a 4-year industrial doctorate designed to launch outstanding graduates into an engineering career. With close links to the related UK Research Centre in NDE, students are part of a vibrant community of over 200 researchers and have access to a range of technical training courses delivered by world leading experts.

You will be an enthusiastic and self-motivated person who meets the academic requirements for enrolment for a doctorate at Imperial College London. You will have a first class honours degree in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, physics or a related subject, and an enquiring and rigorous approach to research together with a strong intellect and disciplined work habits. Good team-working, observational and communication skills are essential.

 The post is supported by a bursary and fees (at the UK/EU student rate) provided by EPSRC, together with a generous top up by the sponsor company, Rolls-Royce.  The total stipend will be in excess of £20,000pa, usually tax free. EPSRC candidates should fulfil the eligibility criteria for the award.  Please check your suitability at https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/eligibility/

To find out more about research at Imperial College London in this area, go to:

http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/mechanicalengineering

For information on how to apply, go to:

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/mechanical-engineering/study/phd/how-to-apply/

For further details of the post contact Dr Frederic Cegla: f.cegla@imperial.ac.uk +44 (0)20 7594 8096. Interested applicants should send an up-to-date curriculum vitae to Nina Hancock: n.hancock@imperial.ac.uk. Suitable candidates will be required to complete an electronic application form at Imperial College London in order for their qualifications to be addressed by College Registry.

Closing date: until post filled

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EngD Studentship in the Simulation of Ultrasonic Methods for the Inspection of Safety Critical Nuclear Submarine Components

Supervisor: Prof Mike Lowe

Deadline for applying: until post filled

Applications are invited for a research studentship in the field of development of advanced non-destructive evaluation (NDE) techniques leading to the award of an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) degree. 

The aim of this doctoral research is to develop new simulation tools for NDE techniques used for the inspection of safety critical components. It is expected that the research will primarily involve the use of hybrid finite element techniques for the simulation of ultrasonic wave scattering; however, the development of other techniques may also be appropriate.

The project is sponsored by Rolls-Royce Submarines. Rolls-Royce is responsible for the design, manufacture and maintenance of the nuclear power plants at the heart of these submarines. Safety critical reactor components are inspected both during manufacture and periodically in-service, using a range of non-destructive evaluation (NDE) techniques. This project will deliver simulation tools and results which will be directly used to aid in the verification and validation of these techniques.

The student will work at Imperial College London before relocating to Rolls-Royce Submarines in Derby for a significant portion of their studies, where they will work within the NDE Research team, with frequent trips to Imperial College. The student will work alongside engineers developing inspections and will have the opportunity to influence how inspections are justified.

The post is supported by a bursary and fees (at the UK/EU student rate) provided by EPSRC, together with a generous top up by the sponsor company, Rolls-Royce.  The total stipend will be in excess of £20,000pa, usually tax free. EPSRC candidates should fulfil the eligibility criteria for the award.  Please check your suitability at https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/eligibility/

The studentship is offered through the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Innovation in NDE (FIND CDT) which is a partnership between a select group of universities and companies offering a 4-year industrial doctorate designed to launch outstanding graduates into an engineering career. With close links to the related UK Research Centre in NDE, students are part of a vibrant community of more than 200 researchers and have access to a range of technical training courses delivered by world leading experts.

You will be an enthusiastic and self-motivated person who meets the academic requirements for enrolment for a doctorate at Imperial College London. You will have a first class honours degree in mechanical engineering, physics or a related subject, and an enquiring and rigorous approach to research together with a strong intellect and disciplined work habits. Good team-working, observational and communication skills are essential.

To find out more about research at Imperial College London in this area, go to:

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/nde/  and for information about other projects available through the Doctoral Training centre go to: https://www.rcnde.ac.uk/how-to-apply/

For further details of the post contact Prof Michael Lowe m.lowe@imperial.ac.uk.

Interested applicants should send an up-to-date curriculum vitae to Nina Hancock n.hancock@imperial.ac.uk +44 (0)20 7594 7068. Suitable candidates will be required to complete an electronic application form at Imperial College London in order for their qualifications to be addressed by College Registry. The student will also be required to obtain UK security clearance.

Closing date: (Until post filled)

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PhD Studentship #1 in Magnetic Resonance Imaging System Engineering

Supervisor: Dr Mike Ristic

Deadline for applying: until post filled

Applications are invited for a research studentship in the field of Magnetic Resonance Imaging system engineering leading to the award of a PhD degree. The post is supported by a bursary and fees (at the UK/EU student rate) provided by The Wellcome Trust and the Department.

Recent research in the Department has resulted in the development of a novel Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system designed to exploit field-related anisotropies of collagen. Conventional MRI cannot accurately diagnose tissues such as ligaments, tendons and cartilage because the received signal is too weak and those tissues appear very dark. However the signal intensity can be significantly increased changing the orientation of the main field to the subject, and is maximized if the angle is 55 degrees (the “Magic Angle” effect). The prototype MRI employs a magnet that can be rotated about 2 axes and it is particularly well suited for the imaging of limbs. Also, by using image processing techniques to analyse the signal variation with the field angle, it is possible to obtain important new information about tissue microstructures. The aim of the current project is to carry out the necessary technical work related to MRI system and image processing and to conduct early stage clinical trials.

This PhD project will focus on the MRI aspects related to maximizing the image quality. This will primarily involve radio frequency (RF) front end design using multiple antenna arrays, methods for automatic tuning in-situ, calibration, and integration with the MRI system. The work will involve a significant amount of electronics development and testing, and it will demand a high level of practical skill.

You will be an enthusiastic and self-motivated person who meets the academic requirements for enrolment for the PhD degree at Imperial College London. You will have a 1st class or 2:1 honours degree in Physics or Engineering, and an enquiring and rigorous approach to research together with a strong intellect and disciplined work habits. Experience and understanding of RF electronics and circuits is essential. Good team-working, observational and communication skills are essential.

To find out more about research at Imperial College London in this area, go to:

http://www-staging.imperial.ac.uk/engineering/departments/mechanical-engineering/research/applied-mechanics/medical-engineering/magnetic-resonance-imaging/

For information on how to apply, go to:

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/mechanical-engineering/study/phd/how-to-apply/

Interested applicants should send an up-to-date curriculum vitae to Dr Mike Ristic  m.ristic@imperial.ac.uk. Suitable candidates will be required to complete an electronic application form at Imperial College London in order for their qualifications to be addressed by College Registry.

Closing date: until post filled

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PhD Studentship #2 in Magnetic Resonance Imaging System Engineering

Supervisor: Dr Mike Ristic

Deadline for applying: until post filled

Applications are invited for a research studentship in the field of Magnetic Resonance Imaging system engineering leading to the award of a PhD degree. The post is supported by a bursary and fees (at the UK/EU student rate) provided by The Wellcome Trust and the Department.

Recent research in the Department has resulted in the development of a novel Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system designed to exploit field-related anisotropies of collagen. Conventional MRI cannot accurately diagnose tissues such as ligaments, tendons and cartilage because the received signal is too weak and those tissues appear very dark. However the signal intensity can be significantly increased changing the orientation of the main field to the subject, and is maximized if the angle is 55 degrees (the “Magic Angle” effect). The prototype MRI employs a magnet that can be rotated about 2 axes and it is particularly well suited for the imaging of limbs. Also, by using image processing techniques to analyse the signal variation with the field angle, it is possible to obtain important new information about tissue microstructures. The aim of the current project is to carry out the necessary technical work related to MRI system and image processing and to conduct early stage clinical trials.

This PhD project will focus on the image processing software that is necessary to process and analyse 3D image data. This will primarily involve computer graphics, registration, MRI image analysis and graphical user interface. Integration with MRI spectrometer system and the magnet positioning system will also be required. Programming will be performed primarily in C++ and possibly Python. The work will demand a high level of practical skill to produce reliable high quality software, and it will also involve liaison with medical specialists who will be the ultimate users.

You will be an enthusiastic and self-motivated person who meets the academic requirements for enrolment for the PhD degree at Imperial College London. You will have a 1st class or 2:1 honours degree in Computing or Engineering or a related subject, and an enquiring and rigorous approach to research together with a strong intellect and disciplined work habits. Strong interest and experience in computer graphics and software development for medical image processing are essential. Good team-working, observational and communication skills are essential.

To find out more about research at Imperial College London in this area, go to:

http://www-staging.imperial.ac.uk/engineering/departments/mechanical-engineering/research/applied-mechanics/medical-engineering/magnetic-resonance-imaging/

For information on how to apply, go to:

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/mechanical-engineering/study/phd/how-to-apply/

Interested applicants should send an up-to-date curriculum vitae to Dr Mike Ristic  m.ristic@imperial.ac.uk. Suitable candidates will be required to complete an electronic application form at Imperial College London in order for their qualifications to be addressed by College Registry.

Closing date: until post filled

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PhD Studentship in Additive Manufacture for Orthopaedic Surgery

Supervisor: Jonathan Jeffers

Deadline for applying: until post filled

Applications are invited for a research studentship in the field of Additive Manufacture for Orthopaedic Surgery, leading to the award of a PhD degree.  The post is supported by a bursary and fees (at the UK/EU student rate) provided by the NIHR (National Institute for Health Research). NB: to be eligible for this post, you must qualify for the UK/EU student fee rate. If in doubt please check your status at: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/ug/fees-and-funding/tuition-fees/

 In orthopaedic surgery, we repair, reconstruct or replace parts of human joints.  This requires fixing different types of implants to the bone.  Conventional manufacture of orthopaedic implants has been from solid Titanium or CoCrMo alloys or ceramics, which are many times stiffer than the bone.  Exciting new work in our research group proves we can make additively manufactured (AM) lattice structures that have the same mechanical properties as bone. This means we can now control the strain bone experiences in and around the implant. Bone is a dynamic material that responds to strain, getting stronger and denser if the strain increases. Thus, by controlling strain, we can now use the presence of an implant to increase the bone strength. This could be a major breakthrough in orthopaedic implant design.  In this PhD we will demonstrate control of bone strains in a cadaver model of joint preserving and partial joint replacement surgery. We will also investigate methods to maximise the fatigue life of the implant structure when used in these configurations. The project will have AM at its heart, and involve hands on manufacture in Titanium alloy using our Renishaw AM250 system and extensive laboratory testing. Industry partners are Renishaw Plc and Embody Orthopaedic Ltd.

For background information, see our recent AM publications in Applied Materials Today (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmt.2019.02.017) and Biomaterials (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biomaterials.2018.11.026) or visit our news feed on Twitter: @ICbiomechancis or visit Dr Jeffers’s web page https://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/j.jeffers.

You will be an enthusiastic and self-motivated person who meets the academic requirements for enrolment for the PhD degree at Imperial College London. You will have a 1st class or 2.1 honours degree in mechanical engineering or a related subject, and a desire to work in a multidisciplinary team of engineers (both academic and industrial), and orthopaedic surgeons. A passion for engineering, demonstrated by extra-curricular activities or industrial experience is also desirable. Good team-working, observational and communication skills are essential.

To find out more about research at Imperial College London in this area, go to:

http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/mechanicalengineering

For information on how to apply, go to:

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/mechanical-engineering/study/phd/how-to-apply/

For further details of the post contact Dr Jonathan Jeffers j.jeffers@imperial.ac.uk +44 (0)20 7594 5471. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and curriculum vitae to Dr Jeffers. Suitable candidates will be required to complete an electronic application form at Imperial College London in order for their qualifications to be addressed by College Registry.

Closing date: until post filled

PhD Studentship in Metal Forming and Materials Modelling

Supervisor: Dr Xiaoyu Xi

Deadline for applying: until post filled

Applications are invited for a research studentship in the field of Metal Forming and Materials Modelling, leading to the award of a PhD degree. The post is supported by a bursary and fees (at the UK/EU student rate) provided by the sponsors in the aviation, aerospace and railway industries.

A number of PhD positions are available for UK and EU nationals. The research involves development of advanced metal forming and modelling techniques, and will be carried out at the Metal Forming and Materials Modelling Group. The research activities of the group cover a wide range of areas from theoretical and computational solid mechanics to experimental materials research. These research works involve a wide range of industries, including aerospace, aeronautical, automotive and locomotive.

There are two main research themes within the group: Metal Forming Technologies and Materials Modelling. The Metal Forming research focuses on the development of advanced forming processes e.g. manufacturing lightweight structural materials into high-strength and complex shaped engineering components and cloud based FEA (Contact Dr. L. Wang at liliang.wang@imperial.ac.uk to make enquires). The Materials Modelling tackles the fundamental challenges in materials behaviour at microscopic scale e.g. the distribution and evolution of microstructure and defects as functions of loading, temperature and loading rate, and link them with the macroscopic mechanical responses e.g. formability and damage tolerance (Contact Dr. J. Jiang at jun.jiang@imperial.ac.uk to make enquires).

Over the past decade, the group has successfully developed several world-leading forming technologies and novel materials modelling methods. These techniques have been directly implemented in automotive and aerospace industries. Three research centres and one joint lab have been established. The group is currently led by several world-leading experts in material forming, including Prof. Jianguo Lin, FREng, Dr. Liliang Wang, Dr. Daniel Balint and Dr. Jun Jiang, and has secured over £15 M funding from industries, UK and EU research councils. Over 60 research staff and students are supported through them. To view a current list of projects please visit our website http://www.imperial.ac.uk/metal-forming/.

You will be an enthusiastic and self-motivated person who meets the academic requirements for enrolment for the PhD degree at Imperial College London. You will have a 1st class honours degree (or equivalent) and/or a distinction MSc degree (if applicable) in engineering or a related subject, and have an enquiring and rigorous approach to research together with a strong intellect and disciplined work habits. Good team-working, observational and communication skills are essential.

To find out more about research at Imperial College London in this area, go to: http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/mechanicalengineering

For information on how to apply, go to: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/mechanical-engineering/study/phd/how-to-apply/

For further details of the post contact Dr Xiaoyu Xi at x.xi@imperial.ac.uk, +44 (0)20 7594 9546. Interested applicants should send an up-to-date curriculum vitae to Dr Xiaoyu Xi. Suitable candidates will be required to complete an electronic application form at Imperial College London in order for their qualifications to be addressed by College Registry.

Closing date: until post filled

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PhD Studentship in Metal-Forming and Materials Modelling

Supervisor: Dr Jun Jiang

Deadline for applying: 31 October 2019

Fully/Partially– funded PhD opportunities in Metal-Forming and Materials Modelling Group

(Overseas Tuition Fees paid, Living expenses of £16,500 per year for 3 years)

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/metal-forming/

 The Metal Forming and Materials Modelling group wishes to provide 1x FULLY funded and 2x partially funded studentships to EXCEPTIONAL candidates to conduct PhD research work in the Mechanical Engineering department, at Imperial College London. The research work will be focused on the development of novel metal forming technologies, e.g. lightweight metal forming technologies, such as forging of lightweight gears; materials and process experiments and modelling to address fundamental problems including the evolution of defects, damage and microstructure, and their effects on macroscopic crystalline material deformation behaviour for a wide range of applications, particularly in automotive and aerospace.

The Department was the top-ranked Mechanical Engineering Department in the 2014 UK REF exercise. The Metal Forming and Materials Modelling group is recognised as being at the leading-edge of research in hot and warm forming technologies for lightweight components and structures, which covers a wide range of activities, in theory, innovative testing, materials and process modelling. The Group has made a significant contribution to the development of new forming technologies and novel materials modelling methods. Led by 4 academic staff, the Metal-forming and Materials Modelling Research Group has expanded very quickly during the last five years with 3 industry funded research centres and 1 joint laboratory. It has secured PI funding of over £15 million from EPSRC, Innovate UK, EC and international companies, and has been involved in projects with total funding of over £50 million.

Potential Candidates must have a distinction honour and ranked at the top 10% of an MSc or MEng course in Mechanical/Materials/Aerospace/Automotive Engineering. Background in metal forming is beneficial but not essential.    

For further details of the post contact Dr Jun Jiang (www.imperial.ac.uk/people/jun.jiang), at jun.jiang@imperial.ac.uk.

Interested applicants should complete an electronic application form at Imperial College London in order for their qualifications to be addressed by College Registry.

Closing date: until 31st of Oct 2019

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PhD Studentship in modelling compressive failure of composite pipes

Supervisor: Professor Daniele Dini

Deadline for applying: until post filled

Applications are invited for a research studentship in the field of computational modelling in composite failure, leading to the award of a PhD degree.  The post is supported by a full bursary and fees (at the UK/EU student rate) provided by EPSRC and Shell (EPSRC industrial Cooperative Award in Science and Technology – iCASE). The position is open to UK and EU (ordinarily resident in the UK throughout the three years period preceding the start of the studentship) students who fulfil the eligibility criteria for the award.  Please check your suitability at the following web site: http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/Pages/eligibility.aspx

The project’s aim is to understand the mechanism of compressive failure in composite pipes, a key technology for deep water applications. This will require the development of advanced models to study the effects of the fibre/matrix interface (interphase region), fibre debonding and matrix slippage on the composite longitudinal compressive and fatigue strength of flexible composite pipes in extreme environments, with the aim of providing a better understanding of the relevant failure mechanisms of thermoplastic composite materials under deepwater working conditions. The research carried out will be strongly complemented by the experimental techniques developed by the Shell AIMS Centre at Imperial college to study fibre/matrix interfacial strength, DIC methods to measure critical strains and stresses and provide evidence of failure modes in different conditions.  

You will be an enthusiastic and self-motivated person who meets the academic requirements for enrolment for the PhD degree at Imperial College London. You will have a first class honours degree in Mechanical/Chemical Engineering, Physics, Material Science, Chemistry, Computing or related subjects, and an enquiring and rigorous approach to research together with a strong intellect and disciplined work habits. An interest in theory and simulation of materials and application of computational methods to engineering problems is essential.  Good team-working, observational and communication skills are also essential.

To find out more about research at Imperial College London in this area, go to:

http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/mechanicalengineering

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/tribology

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/theory-and-simulation-of-materials

For information on how to apply, go to:

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/mechanical-engineering/study/phd/how-to-apply/

For further details of the post contact Prof. Daniele Dini d.dini@imperial.ac.uk +44 (0)20 7594 7242 or Dr Finn Giuliani f.giuliani@imperial.ac.uk. Interested applicants should send an up-to-date curriculum vitae to Prof. Dini.  Suitable candidates will be required to complete an electronic application form at Imperial College London in order for their qualifications to be addressed by College Registry.

Closing date: until post filled

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PhD Studentship in modelling compressive failure of composite pipes

Supervisor: Prof Daniele Dini

Deadline for applying: until post filled

Applications are invited for a research studentship in the field of computational modelling in composite failure, leading to the award of a PhD degree.  The post is supported by a full bursary and fees (at the UK/EU student rate) provided by EPSRC and Shell (EPSRC industrial Cooperative Award in Science and Technology – iCASE). The position is open to UK and EU (ordinarily resident in the UK throughout the three years period preceding the start of the studentship) students who fulfil the eligibility criteria for the award.  Please check your suitability at the following web site: http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/Pages/eligibility.aspx

 The project’s aim is to understand the mechanism of compressive failure in composite pipes, a key technology for deep water applications. This will require the development of advanced models to study the effects of the fibre/matrix interface (interphase region), fibre debonding and matrix slippage on the composite longitudinal compressive and fatigue strength of flexible composite pipes in extreme environments, with the aim of providing a better understanding of the relevant failure mechanisms of thermoplastic composite materials under deepwater working conditions. The research carried out will be strongly complemented by the experimental techniques developed by the Shell AIMS Centre at Imperial college to study fibre/matrix interfacial strength, DIC methods to measure critical strains and stresses and provide evidence of failure modes in different conditions.  

You will be an enthusiastic and self-motivated person who meets the academic requirements for enrolment for the PhD degree at Imperial College London. You will have a first class honours degree in Mechanical/Chemical Engineering, Physics, Material Science, Chemistry, Computing or related subjects, and an enquiring and rigorous approach to research together with a strong intellect and disciplined work habits. An interest in theory and simulation of materials and application of computational methods to engineering problems is essential.  Good team-working, observational and communication skills are also essential.

To find out more about research at Imperial College London in this area, go to:

http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/mechanicalengineering

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/tribology

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/theory-and-simulation-of-materials

For information on how to apply, go to:

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/mechanical-engineering/study/phd/how-to-apply/

For further details of the post contact Prof. Daniele Dini d.dini@imperial.ac.uk +44 (0)20 7594 7242 or Dr Finn Giuliani f.giuliani@imperial.ac.uk. Interested applicants should send an up-to-date curriculum vitae to Prof. Dini.  Suitable candidates will be required to complete an electronic application form at Imperial College London in order for their qualifications to be addressed by College Registry. 

Closing date: until post filled

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PhD Studentship in Nonlinear Dynamics and Control

Supervisor: Ludovic Renson

Deadline for applying: until post filled

Applications are invited for a research studentship in the field of nonlinear structural dynamics and control, leading to the award of a PhD degree. The post is supported by a bursary and fees (at the UK/EU student rate) provided by the EPSRC. EPSRC candidates should fulfil the eligibility criteria for the award. Please check your suitability at the following web site:

http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/Pages/eligibility.aspx

The constant drive to improve aircraft performance is leading to lighter and more flexible structures where nonlinearity is increasingly present. Nonlinearity can arise from many different sources such as large amplitude vibrations, buckling, fluid-structure interactions, or more simply friction and free-play between components. The presence of nonlinearity poses important challenges to engineers because nonlinear systems can exhibit a wide range of complicated dynamic behaviours that are very difficult to predict and potentially disastrous.

The Dynamics Group develops new tools and methods to advance our understanding of nonlinearity and our ability to predict and address its effects on the dynamics of structures. This involves the development and exploitation of advanced computational, experimental and control techniques. Depending on your interest, this project can focus on different topics in these broad areas. For instance, the project could contribute to one (or combine some) of the following subjects:

  • the development of nonlinear model reduction techniques enabling the fast and accurate dynamic analysis of structures with distributed (geometric) nonlinearities.
  • the development of effective bifurcation analysis algorithms for large-scale systems. Developed algorithms will eventually be exploited to establish new bifurcation-based optimization and design methodologies for nonlinear structures.
  • the development of adaptive control techniques to overcome instabilities and bifurcations generated by nonlinearity.
  • the development of uncertainty quantification methods in model parameter estimation and in experimental (or even numerical) bifurcation analysis.
  • the development of new experimental testing approaches combining feedback control with machine learning techniques.
  • the development of advanced experimental techniques combining feedback control and uncertainty quantification techniques with hardware-in-the-loop (hybrid) tests.

You will be part of the Rolls-Royce Vibration University Technology Centre and carry out your work in collaboration with other departments in the college as well as other UK and international universities.

You will be an enthusiastic and self-motivated person who meets the academic requirements for enrolment for the PhD degree at Imperial College London. You will have a 1st class honours degree in mechanical engineering or a related subject, and an enquiring and rigorous approach to research together with a strong intellect and disciplined work habits. Good team-working, observational and communication skills are essential.

To find out more about research at Imperial College London in this area, go to:

http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/mechanicalengineering

For information on how to apply, go to:

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/mechanical-engineering/study/phd/how-to-apply/

For further details of the post contact Dr Ludovic Renson l.renson@imperial.ac.uk. Interested applicants should send an up-to-date curriculum vitae to Dr Renson. Suitable candidates will be required to complete an electronic application form at Imperial College London in order for their qualifications to be addressed by College Registry.

Closing date: until post filled

PhD Studentship in Shell University Technology Centre

Supervisor: Janet Wong

Deadline for applying: until post filled

Applications are invited for a research studentship in the field of Fuels and Lubricants, leading to the award of a PhD degree. The post is supported by a bursary and fees (at the UK/EU student rate only) and sponsored by Shell. The studentship is for three and a half years from June 2020.

Lubricants are used in engines to reduce friction, to improve machine efficiency and thus reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Fuel, however may mix with the lubricant during operation, affecting the effectiveness of the lubricant. The proposed research programme is a fundamental study of the influence of fuel on properties of lubricant, with in-situ measurements to be carried out in a modified engine, using various spectroscopic techniques. 

The project is sponsored by the Shell University Technology Centre (UTC) for Lubricants and Fuels based in the Mechanical Engineering Department, Imperial College London, and will take place in the Tribology Group and the Thermofluids Division in this Department.  Both the Tribology Group and the Thermofluids Division are world leaders in their respective fields of tribology, fluid flow, heat and mass transfer, and combustion. Together, they comprise of more than 90 PhD students as well as many post-doctoral researchers and academic staff. It offers a vibrant and multicultural working environment. Laboratories were recently refurbished and are well equipped with an extensive range of instrumentation and extensive computer facilities.

You will be an enthusiastic and self-motivated person who meets the academic requirements for enrolment for the PhD degree at Imperial College London. You will be an experimentalist and will have a background in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics or a related field. You will have an enquiring and rigorous approach to research, together with a strong intellect and disciplined work habits. An interest in engines and basic understanding of their operation with good practical skills is desirable. Training will be given in tribology, thermofluids and the relevant investigative techniques. You will become a skilled communicator, comfortable in an international situation. Good team-working, observational and communication skills are essential.  The project will involve close collaboration with Shell and you will be expected to visit and communicate with various Shell centres around the world.

To find out more about research at Imperial College London in this area, go to:

http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/mechanicalengineering

For information on how to apply, go to:

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/mechanical-engineering/study/phd/how-to-apply/

For further details of the post please contact Dr Sarah Matthews (sarah.matthews@shell.com) or Dr Janet Wong (j.wong@imperial.ac.uk). Interested applicants should email an up-to-date curriculum vitae. Suitable candidates will be required to complete an electronic application form available on the Imperial College London website in order for their qualifications to be assessed by the College Registry.

Closing date: until post filled

PhD Studentship in the influence of inelastic damage on the crack growth behaviour of 316H stainless steels

Supervisor: Dr Catrin Davies

Deadline for applying: until post filled

Applications are invited for a research studentship in the field of fracture mechanics leading to the award of a PhD degree.  The post is supported by a bursary and fees (at the UK/EU student rate) provided by the EPSRC and a stipend enhancement from EDF Energy. EPSRC candidates should fulfil the eligibility criteria for the award.  Please check your suitability at the following web site: http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/Pages/eligibility.aspx

Industrial engineering components operating at high temperature can exhibit time dependent creep strain and damage. Suitable levels of fracture resistance must be demonstrated in these components (such as UK nuclear plant components) over the entirety of their lifetime to ensure structural safety. The stress-strain and failure properties of such components can change with time as a result of creep strain accumulation and thermal ageing effects. In addition, physical creep damage can develop in the form of cavitation and micro-cracking. The impact of such creep strain and damage on a component’s resistance to crack growth by creep, fatigue and ductile mechanisms needs to be understood. Accelerated creep testing in the laboratory requires tests to be performed at relatively high loads which can also generate significant plastic strains in test samples, the effects of which also needs to be understood to enable the transfer of test results to plant components.

The aims of this project are to determine the effects of prior inelastic (creep and plastic) strain and damage on the crack growth behaviour by creep, fatigue and ductile crack growth mechanisms in Type 316H steels.  The PhD will involve the development of novel experimental test techniques and numerical modelling to describe and predict the influence of inelastic strain and damage on the fracture behaviour of Type 316H steel and to propose methods for including the effects of inelastic damage into Industrial defect assessment procedures.

This PhD is part of the EDF Energy High Temperature Centre at Imperial College London and will receive supervision from EDF Energy in addition to academic supervision from Dr Catrin Mair Davies.

You will be an enthusiastic and self-motivated person who meets the academic requirements for enrolment for the PhD degree at Imperial College London. You will have a 1st class or 2:1 honours degree in mechanical engineering or a related subject, and an enquiring and rigorous approach to research together with a strong intellect and disciplined work habits. An interest in fracture mechanics is essential.  Good team-working, observational and communication skills are essential.

To find out more about research at Imperial College London in this area, go to:

http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/mechanicalengineering

 For information on how to apply, go to:

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/mechanical-engineering/study/phd/how-to-apply/

Interested applicants should send an up-to-date curriculum vitae to Dr Catrin Mair Davies catrin.davies@imperial.ac.uk.  Suitable candidates will be required to complete an electronic application form at Imperial College London in order for their qualifications to be addressed by College Registry.

Closing date: until post filled 

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PhD Studentship in thermoacoustics of future hybrid rocket engines

Supervisor: Aimee Morgans

Deadline for applying: until post filled

Applications are invited for a research studentship in the thermoacoustics of future hybrid rocket engines, leading to the award of a PhD degree.  The post is supported by a bursary and fees (at the UK/EU student rate) provided by the EPSRC and Reaction Engines as a CASE award. Candidates should fulfil the eligibility criteria for the award.  Please check your suitability at the following web site:

 http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/Pages/eligibility.aspx

Reaction Engines Ltd is currently developing the SABRE engine, an air-breathing rocket engine designed to power the SKYLON spaceplane up to Mach 5 and transition into rocket mode to reach low-earth orbit. The main novel component of the engine is the pre-cooler, which cools the incoming hot air, allowing the energy extracted to power the engine turbomachinery. At low speeds, the absence of intake shock waves means an extra heat source is required to supply this energy. This is the role of a component known as the pre-burner; a hydrogen flame heats incoming air to provide extra heat through a heat exchanger.

The objective of this studentship is to develop computational tools to study the thermoacoustic stability of the pre-burner. Thermoacoustic instability is caused by a positive feedback between acoustic waves and unsteady heat release rate and/or unsteady heat transfer. It is undesirable as it leads to high amplitude pressure oscillations. Analytical models for the acoustic impedance of heat exchanger tubes in co-flow will be developed. Unsteady CFD simulations of the flame and heat exchanger tubes will be performed, allowing models for the unsteady response of these components to be extracted. The constituent models will be coupled into a unified computational tool that will be able to offer design guidance for instability avoidance.

You will be an enthusiastic and self-motivated person who meets the academic requirements for enrolment for the PhD degree at Imperial College London. You will have a 1st class honours degree in engineering or a related subject, strong background in fluid mechanics and an enquiring and rigorous approach to research. An interest in acoustics, heat transfer and computational fluid dynamics is essential, as are good team-working and communication skills.

To find out more about research at Imperial College London in this area, go to:

http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/mechanicalengineering

For information on how to apply, go to:

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/mechanical-engineering/study/phd/how-to-apply/

For further details of the post contact Prof Aimee Morgans a.morgans@imperial.ac.uk. Interested and eligible applicants should send an up-to-date curriculum vitae to Prof Aimee Morgans. Suitable candidates will be required to complete an electronic application form at Imperial College London in order for their qualifications to be addressed by College Registry.

Closing date: until post filled

PhD Studentship in the feasibility study of superplastic forming and diffusion bonding of nickel-based superalloys

Supervisor: Dr Jun Jiang

Deadline for applying: 30 November 2019

EPSRC Future Nuclear Energy Doctor Training Centre and UK Atomic Energy Authority co-found a PhD scholarship in the Novel Metal Forming Group - (Tuition fees paid, Living expenses of £16,500 per year for 4 years)

We will provide a full studentship to Home/EU students to support their research activities leading to the award of a PhD degree. The potential student should expect to obtain 1st or minimum 2:1 in his/her 1st degree from Mechanical/Materials Engineering/Physics Department.

The research work will be focused on the feasibility study of superplastic forming and diffusion bonding of nickel-based superalloys, stainless steel for key future fusion reactor parts. The Department was the top-ranked Mechanical Engineering Department in the 2014 UK REF exercise. The Novel Metal Forming group is recognised as being at cutting-edge research in hot and warm forming technologies for lightweight components and structures, which covers a wide range of activities e.g. theory, innovative testing, materials and process modelling. The Group has made a significant contribution to the development of new forming technologies and novel materials modelling methods.

To find out more about research at Imperial College London in this area, go to http://www.imperial.ac.uk/metal-forming/

For information on how to apply, go to http://www.imperial.ac.uk/mechanical-engineering/study/phd/how-to-apply/

For further details of the post contact Dr Jun Jiang, at jun.jiang@imperial.ac.uk.

Interested applicants should send an up-to-date curriculum vitae to Dr Jiang. Suitable candidates will be required to complete an electronic application form at Imperial College London in order for their qualifications to be addressed by College Registry.

Closing date: 30 November 2019

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