Mechanics of biomaterials PhD

Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Entry requirements:
3 years
6 years
Reference number:
Start date:
01 October 2018
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
09 March 2018



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Project detail

Understanding mechanical properties and performance of various biological materials and tissues and their responses to different loading and environmental conditions is becoming increasingly important for development of new medical procedures and devices. Such materials, in contrast to traditional structural materials, demonstrate complex hierarchical microstructures formed by constituents with rather non-trivial mechanical behaviours. Additionally, they are characterised by a high extent of variability in their microstructure and properties affected by many factors, including age, health state, nutrition, exercise etc. All these features presuppose development of new experimental, analytical and numerical approaches to assess and predict deformation, damage and fracture behaviour of biological materials and their main constituents. The project will be based on a combination of experimental and numerical techniques (to accommodate expertise and skills of a candidate in the best possible way) focused on characterisation and quantification of interaction between microstructure and mechanical properties and performance of biological materials at various length and time scales. Among potential characterisation and testing techniques are nano- and micro-indentation, X-ray micro computed tomography, DMA and microscopy as well as different loading schemes (including creep, relaxation and/or dynamic loading). Numerical analysis will be based on multi-scale schemes employing finite elements, smooth particle hydrodynamics etc. and can include development of special elements, subroutines or codes.

The successful candidate(s) will join Mechanics of Advanced Materials Research Group and will participate in international research collaboration with partners in Ireland, Switzerland, USA and Australia (with potential secondments to them with duration of up to 6 or 12 months).


Primary supervisor: Prof. Vadim V. Silberschmidt

Secondary supervisor: Dr S. Li

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, Computational Biology.

All students must also meet the minimum English Language requirements.

Fees and funding


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: VS1UF2018