International Boeing PhD studentship, Multiscale Modelling Manufacturing Induced Defects in Large Aerospace Components – ENG – PhD (Funded) Ref: 2751

About the award

Location: Streatham Campus, Exeter

Academic Supervisors: Dr Tim Dodwell, University of Exeter (t.dodwell@exeter.ac.uk)

Project Description:

Whilst the basic advantages of composite materials are well proven, they are often compromised by high costs, long development time, and poor quality due to manufacturing defects. This is particularly the case for the complex structures found in aerospace applications. Modelling, simulation and optimization have widespread applications to the industry, with the twin objectives of improving product quality and decreasing production time. Analysis of aerospace composites is difficult due to the complex interactions between multiple scales within the structural hierarchy: from the material scale up to the aerospace component. There is a real industry need for the development of efficient models, which can predict part quality and performance and therefore avoid the expensive iterative ‘trial and improvement’ cycle currently employed. Robust mathematical and numerical methods, supported by careful experimental parameter characterization and model verification are required to obtain computationally tractable solutions to such challenging problems.

This PhD, sponsored by Boeing Aerospace (Seattle), will develop bespoke multiscale modelling capabilities to predict the formation of manufacturing defects in large composite parts. The PhD will provide an exciting mix of modelling, scientific computing implementation and experimental validation. The member will become a member of Industrial Engineering Mathematics group under the supervision of Dr Tim Dodwell, they will join a growing cohort of 7 talented postgraduate students and researchers, working at the dynamic interface between engineering, applied mathematics and industry.

The PhD will provide a flexible training budget, which will be allocated to attend training courses, international conferences and the potential research visits to the supporting company Boeing (Seattle) and leading collaborating universities with the group (MIT, Heidelberg, Bristol, Bath).

This award provides annual funding to cover tuition fees and a tax-free stipend. The studentship will be awarded on the basis of merit for 3 and half years of full-time study to commence between January and June 2018.

Entry requirements:

Applicants for this studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of science or technology.

If English is not your first language you will need to have achieved at least 6.0 in IELTS and no less than 6.0 in any section by the start of the project. Alternative tests may be acceptable (see http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/english/).

How to apply

You will be asked to submit some personal details and upload a full CV, covering letter and details of two academic referees. Your covering letter should outline your academic interests, prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake this project. 

You may also be asked to upload verified transcripts of your most academic qualification.

Interviews will be held at Streatham Campus in week commencing 9th October 2017.

Please quote reference 2751 on your application and in any correspondence about this studentship.

Entry requirements: Applicants for this studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of science or technology. If English is not your first language you will need to have achieved at least 6.0 in IELTS and no less than 6.0 in any section by the start of the project. Alternative tests may be acceptable (see http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/english/).

Summary

Application deadline:19th November 2017
Value:£17000 for 3.5 years
Duration of award:per year
Contact: Postgraduate Research Office emps-pgr-ad@exeter.ac.uk