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PhD Studentship - Embedding Uncertainty In CAD

School of Engineering

Location:  Highfield Campus
Closing Date:  Monday 31 August 2020
Reference:  1205419DA

Supervisor:     Dr. D.J.J. Toal   

Co-supervisor  Prof. A.J. Keane           

Project description

No mechanical component is ever as the designer intended either after manufacture or after time in service. This geometric uncertainty can cause considerable variations in performance and life from one component to another. As designers push the boundaries of what is possible with existing technologies understanding the implications of this uncertainty and managing it effectively becomes very important.

In the following project novel methods for the representation of geometric uncertainty within a commercial CAD environment will be explored. The ultimate aim of this will be to embed uncertainty within a CAD part and simplify its inclusion to such a degree that uncertainty is included as routinely as tolerances on a drawing.

This project is funded by Rolls-Royce plc as part of their support to the R-R University technology Centre for Computational Engineering at Southampton. In addition to the basic tax free student stipend of £15,141pa, R-R will provide a further tax free stipend increment of £9,000 pa and therefore in line with their graduate recruitment schemes. The stipend will rise in subsequent years. Funding for travel to international conferences will be available.

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Prof Andy Keane, Computational Engineering and Design Research Group, Email: ajk@soton.ac.uk, Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 2944.

Entry Requirements

A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).

Closing date: applications should be received no later than 31 August 2020 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.

Funding: full tuition plus, for UK students, an enhanced stipend of £15,009 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years. 

How To Apply

Applications should be made online here selecting “PhD Engineering (Full time)” as the programme. Please enter David Toal under the proposed supervisor.

Applications should include

Research Proposal

Curriculum Vitae

Two reference letters

Degree Transcripts to date

Apply online: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/how-to-apply/postgraduate-applications.page

For further information please contact: feps-pgr-apply@soton.ac.uk 

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