Mechanics of Advanced Materials PhD

Department(s):
Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Entry requirements:
2:1+
Full-time:
3 years
Part-time:
6 years
Reference number:
VS2UF2018
Start date:
01 October 2018
UK/EU fees:
£4,195
International fees:
£20,500
Location:
Loughborough
Application deadline:
09 March 2018

Achievements

3rd

in the UK for research quality

REF 2014

10th

in the UK for Mechanical Engineering

The Complete University Guide 2018

Winner

of 2 Queen's Anniversary Prizes

Overview

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career. 

Project detail

In the last two decades, Mechanics of Materials as a discipline has experienced a type of revival. The main reason for this has been a continuing introduction of new materials (or even their classes) with extraordinary microstructures, properties and performance. Carbon nanotubes, quantum dots, bulk metallic glasses and graphene are some of the examples. This revival process was additionally enhanced by an application-related drive to expose these—as well as previously known and used— materials to harsher conditions: high strains, strain rates, loads and temperatures as well as combinations of various loading and environmental factors. Recent developments in aerospace, energy, automotive and defence industries as well as in microelectronics were possible thanks to extended usability envelopes for various components and structures.

The Mechanics of Advanced Materials Research Group carries out multi-disciplinary research into the response of advanced engineering and bio-materials to various types of external loading and environmental conditions, using a combination of analytical, numerical and experimental techniques. Analysis of deformation processes, damage evolution as well as failure initiation and development allows us to predict the properties, performance, reliability and structural integrity of modern materials and the components and structures made from them. Projects in this broad area are welcome. Among the materials we are currently working with are composites and nanocomposites, polymers and adhesives, steels and alloys, metallic glasses, biological and biomedical materials, hydrogels, materials for microelectronics, sports materials, ceramics and ceramic coatings, polymeric foams and non-woven fabrics.

Supervisors

Primary supervisor: Prof. Vadim V. Silberschmidt

Secondary supervisor: TBC

Find out more

For further project details email Prof. Vadim V. Silberschmidt or register your interest and ask us a question.

To find out more about the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering, please visit our website.

Further information on the Mechanics and Advanced Materials Loughborough University Research Group can be found here.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering, Continuum Mechanics, Computer Science, Materials Science, Physics or a related subject.

A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Mechanical Engineering, Continuum Mechanics, Computer Science, Materials Science, Biomedical Engineering.

All students must also meet the minimum English Language requirements.

Fees and funding

UK/EU:
£4,195
International:
£20,500

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name select Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Please quote reference number: VS2UF2018

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