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PhD studentship in modelling of soft membranes at University College London

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A fully-funded PhD studentship is available in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University College London.

Description: The project aims to predict the behaviour of soft membranes for lightweight structures in extreme conditions. In particular, a major task will be to develop a reliable method to assess the (visco)elastoplastic transition in inflatable thin films constituted of different structural materials. Mathematical modelling and numerical simulations will be employed to establish nonlinear constitutive relations and evaluate systems performances under a wide range of thermal and mechanical loading conditions. A variety of experimental tests will be designed and conducted throughout the entire project to characterise and validate the material and the structural responses. Further details can be found in the attached document.

Value of award: Full tuition fees and a tax-free stipend up to £17,500 per annum for three years. The scholarship is for UK/EU and International candidates.

Person Specification: Applicants must have a UK-equivalent first degree in solid mechanics, structural/mechanical/materials engineering or a related discipline. Experience with material and structural modelling, experimental characterisation, and numerical simulations is a significant advantage. Excellent organisational, interpersonal and communication skills are essential.

Application Process: Eligible applicants should first contact Dr F. Bosi ( enclosing a CV (including the names and contact details of two referees), the transcript of results (listing all subjects taken and their corresponding grades/marks), and a cover letter stating how the project meets your research interests. The position is open until filled with start date by mutual agreement. 

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