Meshless modelling methods. Self-funded PhD in Engineering. Ref: 3071

About the Research Project

Streatham Campus, University of Exeter, EX4 4QJ

Academic Supervisors:
Prof Christopher Smith, University of Exeter

Project Description:
Finite Element methods underpin much of modern engineering, but suffer from their inherently discretised nature in tackling a small number of but important problems such as contacts, cracking, and large strains. New methods for modelling solids which avoid the heavily discretised nature of FE are being developed. Prof CW Smith at Exeter is developing some existing immature meshless methods to tackle contact problems with an international industrial partner.

PhD candidates are sought in the area of meshless methods, with strong skills in mechanics, numerical modelling and coding.

For more information about the project and informal enquiries, please contact the primary supervisor: Prof Christopher Smith

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Entry requirements

Applicants for this research project must have obtained 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.. Experience in Engineering is desirable.

If English is not your first language you will need to meet the English language requirements and provide proof of proficiency. Click here for more information and a list of acceptable alternative tests.

How to apply

You will be asked to submit some personal details and upload a full CV, covering letter and two academic references. 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.

If you have any general enquiries about the application process please email

Please quote reference 3071 on your application and in any correspondence about this project.


Application deadline:24th September 2018
Value:This project is self-funded
Duration of award:Not applicable
Contact: EMPS Postgraduate Research Office