Fully Funded* Studentships

*Please note, funded studentships are only available to UK and EU students unless otherwise stated. Please see individual adverts for specific terms.*

To apply, please use our standard on-line PhD application form, and indicate on your form that you would like to be considered for a departmental studentship.

Available Studentships

Acoustic Sensing (Pipebots)
A Stochastic Finite-Element Model for Predicting Changes in Bone Strength
Development of Ultrasonic Sensors for Machine Bearings
Flow Laminarisation and Drag Reduction
Improving Fundamental Understanding of Rough Surface Contacts with Third-Body Layers Present (cross-cutting iT-CDT project)
Novel Bayesian Approaches to Frequency Domain Modal Analysis
RAEng/Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) Project on Reducing Autumn Low Adhesion Effects
RAEng/Rail Safety and Standards Board Project on Understanding Autumn Low Adhesion Effects

Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) available for UK & EU students

Aura Centre for Doctoral Training in Offshore Wind and the Environment
CDT in Integrated Tribology (iT-CDT)
Centre for Doctoral Training in Carbon Capture and Storage, and Cleaner Fossil Energy
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Storage and Its Applications
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Resilient Decarbonised Fuel Energy Systems
Industrial Doctorate Centre in Machining Science

Research Projects

*Please note that these are UNFUNDED research projects*

Suggested possible projects are listed under the relevant research areas below. These lists are not intended to be fully comprehensive and other topics can be negotiated with individual staff members.

Please note, these are not funded PhD projects and applicants will need to indicate that they have secured funding when applying.

Aerospace Engineering

*Please note that these are UNFUNDED research projects*

Aerospace Structures
Computational aircraft design
Computational mechanics of fracture on advanced composite aerospace structures
Fretting Fatigue on Aircraft Turbofan Engines
Low Reynolds number MAV aerodynamics
Natural laminar flow wing design and optimisation


*Please note that these are UNFUNDED research projects*

Are we biting off more than we can chew? – Patient specific dental enamel modelling.
A virtual model of the human lower urinary tract
Biomechanical modelling for image-guided surgery
Can we beat osteoporosis? – Patient specific musculoskeletal modelling
Development of biofidelic test-beds for assessing human interactions
Development of finite element models for real-time surgical simulation
Development of mesh-free simulation methods for real-time surgical simulation
Examining the mechanical behaviour of human skin under loading
Human grip of hand-held objects
Image-based computational haemodynamics of the aorta: Respecting the physics
Intracranial aneurysms: Are we treating a disease, or trying to interfere with nature's defence mechanism?
Machine learning approaches for interactive surgical simulation
Manipulation Modelling
Maximising long-term treatment outcome through computational haemodynamics: The Fontan operation
Mechanobiology of growth and adaptation
Modelling and experimental investigation of cutting of soft tissues
Multiscale modelling of the skeleton
Predicting the risk of hip fracture in fragile elders
Preserving dignity in catheterized patients
Simulation and modelling of needle insertion
Sub-optimal control of muscles activation in neurodegenerative diseases
Understanding the biomechanics of vibro-tactile perception
Use of surface textures to improve tactile perception
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*Please note that these are UNFUNDED research projects*

Enhance the resilience of the UK gas networks to meet the future challenges
Experimental investigation of impinging flames
Flame and acoustic wave interactions
Flame dynamics at elevated pressure
High pressure flame instabilities
High speed stereo imaging techniques for flame studies
Turbulence modelling of combustion using Large Eddie Simulations (LES)
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Computational Mechanics

*Please note that these are UNFUNDED research projects*

Characterisation of Laser Sintered parts
Containing our nuclear waste: can we store it “forever”?
Green engineering? – Development of new materials, reinforced by a waste.

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Computational and Simulation Fluid Dynamics Modelling

*Please note that these are UNFUNDED research projects*

Char conversion for oxyfuel in CFD calculations
Novel cathode electrodes for PEM fuel cells
Particle motion and combustion in turbulent flows
Process simulation
Radiative transfer for biomass particles
Wind energy resources
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Design and Manufacturing

*Please note that these are UNFUNDED research projects*

Characterisation of Laser Sintered parts
Designing hand-held equipment for more effective human interaction
Designing with uncertainty
Effect of residual stresses and microstructures of ring rolling process on bearing raceway failures
Efficient PEM fuel cells for portable applications
Experimental and numerical study of manufacturing induced defects in structural integrity of a Metal Matrix Composite
Improving the experience of using electronic hand-held devices
Investigation of spin ability to prevent wrinkling and fracture failures in metal spinning
Metal rolling - A new kind of sensor
Microstructural evolution and control of aerospace and automotive alloys using selective laser melting and electron beam melting
Modelling of machining induced damage in Additively Manufactured aerospace parts
Modelling of Spot weld failure in Advanced High Strength automotive Steels
Nanoscale imaging of the cathode electrodes used in PEM fuel cells
Novel technology to control the fire and explosion hazards of hydrogen fuel
Thermal Modelling for Next Generation Additive Manufacturing
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Auto-balancing using linear inchworm motors
Damping technologies applied to sports equipment
Investigation of materials that isolate and reduce human vibration transmission
Study of acoustic performance of novel thermo-acoustic pipe insulation at low temperatures
Uncertain finite element modelling
Validating methods for non-linear systems
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*Please note that these are UNFUNDED research projects*

Anaerobic digestion
Aviation fuels
Building energy
Carbon capture and storage
Clean coal technology
Conventional power generation
Energy from waste
Energy systems
Fuel cells
Gas Processing
Process modelling
Smart homes
Solar energy
Virtual reality dynamical systems
Wind energy
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Fluid Mechanics / Fluid Dynamics

*Please note that these are UNFUNDED research projects*

Fundamental study of non-canonical turbulent boundary layers
Hybrid RANS/LES simulation of wind turbine
Inflow generation for Large Eddy Simulation (LES) of the wind farms
Large Eddy Simulation Around Buildings (LES)
Particle motion in turbulent flows
Radiative transfer for particles in high temperature environments
Turbulence modelling of combustion using Large Eddie Simulations (LES)
Unsteady turbulent flow in Turbomachinery
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Mechanics of Materials

*Please note that these are UNFUNDED research projects*

Advanced Materials
Composite structures
Design and testing of a physical model to investigate Shaken Baby Syndrome
Extreme weather behaviour of composite materials
Fatigue and fracture of fibre composites
Fracture of automotive advanced high strength steels
How and why might my 3D printed part fail?
Load measurement and life modelling in wind turbine bearings
Machining of fibre composites
Material formability enhancement under combined tension, bending, compression and cyclic shearing
Modelling of friction stir welding
Multi-scale modelling of machining
Multi-scale modelling of the fatigue and fracture of aerospace alloys
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Nuclear Energy

*Please note that these are UNFUNDED research projects*

Smart computer models for nuclear reactor design
Study of heat transfer in sodium cooled fast reactor (SFR)
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Railway Engineering

*Please note that these are UNFUNDED research projects*

Bayesian statistics and axle maintenance
Digital twin railway network
High speed photography to investigate surface wear and fatigue in railway rail and wheel steels
Mitigating the effects of under-vehicle airflow
Novel materials & non-intrusive inspection for railway rail improvement: Rolling contact fatigue and ‘squat’ defects
Rail network and climate change – developing technical solutions
Safety modelling
Transition to high performance railway overhead power lines
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Structural Health Monitoring

*Please note that these are UNFUNDED research projects*

Disease surveillance methods for structural health monitoring
Ideas for non-stationarity in structural health monitoring
Pattern recognition in healthcare diagnosis
Robust structural health monitoring
Self-assembly of structural health monitoring diagnostic systems
Verification and validation of damage models
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*Please note that these are UNFUNDED research projects*

Assessment of slip potential on safety flooring
Development of rubber friction model for application to shoe treads
Engine chain drive friction and wear
Railway Wheel and Rail Wear Mapping
Shoe-surface interactions: a parametric study
Testing and optimisation of medical examination and surgical gloves
Tribological Performance of Biolubricants
Tribology of human skin
Tribology of the human foot - Avoiding slips and falls
Ultrasonic Techniques for Longitudinal Stress Measurements in Railway Track
Understanding and modelling impact wear
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