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

Computational Simulations in Cell Mechanics
Ultra-low emission technologies in combustion for power generation
Future energy and power generation technologies
Manufacturing process optimisation for high performance electrical steels for low emission advanced electric drivetrains in automotive applications
Understanding the effect of sports shoe properties on traction performance and injury-risk
Development of an acoustic imaging technique based on the holographic principles
An efficient computational approach to guide intervention in treatment of stroke
Virtual reality energy system simulation for future zero mission power generation
Zero emissions power plants through combustion optimisation
Deposition prevention for future power stations – an international collaboration with US
Outdoor sound propagation modelling across scales with uncertainties
Bio-Tribology: friction at the interface between medical implant and biological tissue
Improvement of hemodynamic performance and vessel repair using novel stent design
Development of test protocols for rugby garments using synthetic tissue test-beds
Evaluating bone strength in infants and very young children
Additive manufacture for railway track component life extension with premium laser-clad coatings
Chemistry and models for Aviation Lubricant Degradation
Alternative Aviation Fuel Autoxidation - Automatic Mechanism Generation
Agglomeration modelling of Insoluble Species in Stagnant Aviation Fuel
Alternative Aviation Fuel performance – Elastomeric seals compatability

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

CDT in Integrated Tribology (iT-CDT)
Industrial Doctorate Centre in Machining Science
Centre for Doctoral Training in Carbon Capture and Storage, and Cleaner Fossil Energy
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Storage and Its Applications

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*

Computational mechanics of fracture on advanced composite aerospace structures
Low Reynolds number MAV aerodynamics
Natural laminar flow wing design and optimisation
Computational aircraft design

Fretting Fatigue on Aircraft Turbofan Engines

Self-healing composites for advanced aerospace designs
Aviation Repair Methods


*Please note that these are UNFUNDED research projects*

Development of finite element models for real-time surgical simulation
Development of mesh-free simulation methods for real-time surgical simulation
Simulation and modelling of needle insertion
Biomechanical modelling for image-guided surgery
Modelling and experimental investigation of cutting of soft tissues
Human grip of hand-held objects
Developing a microfluidic chip for mechanobioengineering
Mechanics of cellular co-culture
Mechanical stimulation of stem cells in a composite scaffold sheet for tissue engineering
Image-based elastography using non-rigid medical image registration
In-vivo estimation of physical properties in right ventricular mechanics
Computational models for virtual cerebral aneurysm stenting
Computational models for virtual cerebral aneurysm coiling
Image-based computational haemodynamics of the aorta: Respecting the physics
Maximising long-term treatment outcome through computational haemodynamics: The Fontan operation
Intracranial aneurysms: Are we treating a disease, or trying to interfere with nature's defence mechanism?
Preserving dignity in catheterized patients
A virtual model of the human lower urinary tract
Bringing further insight in thermal processes into the area of fracture healing and joint life cycle
Manipulation Modelling
Development of biofidelic test-beds for assessing human interactions
Examining the mechanical behaviour of human skin under loading
Use of surface textures to improve tactile perception
Understanding the biomechanics of vibro-tactile perception
Can we beat osteoporosis? – Patient specific musculoskeletal modelling
Are we biting off more than we can chew? – Patient specific dental enamel modelling.
Machine learning approaches for interactive surgical simulation
Predicting the risk of hip fracture in fragile elders
Multiscale modelling of the skeleton
Mechanobiology of growth and adaptation
Sub-optimal control of muscles activation in neurodegenerative diseases
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*Please note that these are UNFUNDED research projects*

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

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

*Please note that these are UNFUNDED research projects*

Improving the experience of using electronic hand-held devices
Designing hand-held equipment for more effective human interaction
Metal rolling - A new kind of sensor
Designing with uncertainty
Microstructural evolution and control of aerospace and automotive alloys using selective laser melting and electron beam melting
Characterisation of Laser Sintered parts
Microcracks Detection and Prediction in Printed Engineering Parts obtained by Laser Sintering
Efficient PEM fuel cells for portable applications
Nanoscale imaging of the cathode electrodes used in PEM fuel cells
Effect of residual stresses and microstructures of ring rolling process on bearing raceway failures
Investigation of spin ability to prevent wrinkling and fracture failures in metal spinning
Novel technology to control the fire and explosion hazards of hydrogen fuel
Improving the reliability of 3D Printed parts
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Damping technologies applied to sports equipment
Application of MR dampers to vibration control problems
Auto-balancing using linear inchworm motors
Uncertain finite element modelling
Validating methods for non-linear systems
Lie group analysis of nonlinear structural vibration
Investigation of materials that isolate and reduce human vibration transmission
Study of acoustic performance of novel thermo-acoustic pipe insulation at low temperatures
Metasurface: study of surface wave propagation in presence of periodic structures containing resonators
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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
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*

Numerical simulation of wind borne pollutants dispersion
Hybrid RANS/LES simulation of wind turbine
High fidelity pore-scale modelling for CO2 trapping mechanisms in support of carbon storage
Fundamental study of heat transfer to supercritical fluids in support of the development of novel inherently safe nuclear reactors
Fundamental study of turbulence in unsteady flows
Control of wall turbulence for drag reduction
Control of boundary layer transition to turbulence
Large Eddy Simulation Around Buildings (LES)
Inflow generation for Large Eddy Simulation (LES) of the wind farms
Radiative transfer for particles in high temperature environments
Particle motion in turbulent flows
Turbulence modelling of combustion using Large Eddie Simulations (LES)
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Mechanics of Materials

*Please note that these are UNFUNDED research projects*

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

Railway Engineering

*Please note that these are UNFUNDED research projects*

Transforming life and reliability of railway overhead electric power lines
Novel materials & non-intrusive inspection for railway rail improvement: Rolling contact fatigue and ‘squat’ defects
Rail network and climate change – developing technical solutions
Intelligent Virtual Network - modelling railway network connectivity, reliability and capacity
Bayesian statistics and axle maintenance
Safety modelling
Mitigating the effects of under-vehicle airflow
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Structural Health Monitoring

*Please note that these are UNFUNDED research projects*

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

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