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PhD Studentship - Mechanical metamaterial

School of Engineering

Location:  Highfield Campus
Closing Date:  Tuesday 31 August 2021
Reference:  1391621DA

Supervisory Team:      Dr Scott Walker, Dr Susmita Naskar

Project description

This PhD studentship will involve a combination of theoretical, computational and experimental work, providing the students with a complete and holistic training and a diverse research experience. At the micro scale, the scientific challenge is to design novel mechanical metamaterial architectures and understand their significant deformation mechanisms, while at the macro scale, the engineering issue is to develop an efficient system for integrating these metamaterials with several engineering applications. 

 Metamaterials are artificially engineered materials that have unique geometries and structures giving rise to interesting physical properties. They derive their properties from their microstructure rather than composition. The macroscale properties of these materials are determined by the small-scale topological design. These materials have found applications in many fields of science and engineering like light weight design, aerospace engineering, medical applications, dampers, energy absorbers, thermal management, artificial intelligence and many more. With the recent developments in the field of additive manufacturing, their fabrication has become much easier. The proposed topic of research is to comprehensively investigate elastic properties of metamaterials and their dependence on microstructural parameters.

The main objectives of this project will be as follows: 

• Investigation on the static structural mechanics of cellular metamaterials 

• Dynamic homogenisation of cellular metamaterials 

• Wave propagation in disordered cellular metamaterials 

• Data-driven design of architected materials

This PhD candidate will participate in an exciting international research partnership with collaborators from various disciplines, cultures, and backgrounds. This project could be right for you if you enjoy learning and are looking for a new challenge at the forefront of new technology for a more sustainable future.

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr Susmita Naskar, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering Department

This is an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic first or upper second class graduate in mechanical/aerospace/materials science to build strong knowledge in both structural and material science while building strong relationships with both academic and industrial areas at international level. The studentship also covers all UK tuition fees.

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 2021 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.

Funding: For UK students, Tuition Fees and a stipend of £15,609 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years. 

How To Apply

Applications should be made online. Select programme type (Research), 2021/22, Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering, next page select “PhD  Engineering & Environment (Full time)”. In Section 2 of the application form you should insert the name of the supervisor Scott Walker 

Applications should include: 

Curriculum Vitae

Two reference letters

Degree Transcripts to date

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