Supervisors: Dr F Korkees and Mr A Miners
Expected Interview Date: Late July 2020
Thinking laterally and taking into account the rapidity of material science and the speed of developments through the past decade it is abundantly clear that a process to produce lightweight strong panels would address an expansive requirement to reduce overall weight, to increase strength, to reduce vibration and maintain thermal stability in applications such as Aerospace, Automotive and Trains.
Drawing on knowledge of Composites, the project aims to offer a material and manufacturing process which can be “tweaked” to suit a particular application, an example being an encompassing battery case for Electric Vehicles with inbuilt fire retardancy to mitigate against runaway lithium reactions, or perhaps improved ability to resist bird or drone strike damage to aircraft wings. Such a material can replace a lot of metallic applications and with scale up be competitive in direct price values, the ability to offer varying grades gives it a very flexible attractive option for designers when considering new products.
Project aims include:
Investigating grades of Aerogel in combination with Graphene and Carbon Fibre, to determine best balance of performance properties, delivering rapid feedback on processing routes.
Respond to interest from Aircraft, Automotive and Rail industries through investigating routes to cost effective rapid manufacturing of aerogel/graphene material.
The Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A) in the College of Engineering is a Swansea University initiative which provides postgraduate research training in partnership with industry; providing access to world-class laboratories and a wealth of academic and industry expertise.
The M2A is committed to providing top quality research opportunities within an inclusive environment, funded by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Swansea University and Industry partners. Interwoven through the research study are business, technical and entrepreneurial courses, designed to support and prepare participants for a senior role in industry or academia, on completion of their studies. Research Engineers may participate in our career mentoring system, offering opportunity to engage with M2A alumni and other senior staff from across the University.
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We welcome applications from candidates with an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree (minimum level 2:1), or a combination of degree and equivalent experience to the same level. A background / interest in Composites (selection, testing, manufacture and joining) and Nano-Composites (selection, compounding and testing), FEA design and analysis, would be desirable.
Normally, we would expect candidates to have met the University’s English Language requirements (e.g. IELTS 6.5 overall with 5.5+ in each component) by point of application.
Full eligibility can be found at https://www.materials-academy.co.uk/eligibilityFunding
Fees at UK/EU rate and Stipend £12500, both for the period of one year.
For full details on funding eligibility, please refer to the Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A) Website.
Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is not open to ‘International’ candidates