2013 PhD Studentship – Transforming Composite Structural Design by Use of Structural Health Monitoring in UK

Cranfield University is offering studentship for PhD students. The studentship covers bursary of up to £20,000 and tuition fees for qualified UK/EU students only for three years. They are available for UK/EU students undertaking a research project i.e. transforming composite structural design by use of structural health monitoring. Studentship will be awarded on qualifications and experience.

Study Subject(s): Project title is transforming composite structural design by use of structural health monitoring
Course Level: This scholarship is available for pursuing PhD degree level.
Scholarship Provider: The PhD position is sponsored by BAE Systems and and EPSRC
Scholarship can be taken at: UK

Eligibility: To be eligible for a full award (stipend and fees): A student must have:
Settled status in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay and
Been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the grant. This means they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences) and
Not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals). To be eligible for a fees only award:
Students from EU countries other than the UK are generally eligible for a fees-only award. To be eligible for a fees-only award, a student must be ordinarily resident in a member state of the EU; in the same way as UK students must be ordinarily resident in the UK.

Scholarship Open for International Students: The UK/EU students can apply for this scholarship.

Scholarship Description: Applications are invited for a PhD studentship award within the Composites Centre at Cranfield University. The Centre provides world-class research capabilities enabling UK industry to design and manufacture high performance materials and structures in aerospace, automotive and energy sectors.  The PhD position is sponsored by BAE Systems and the successful applicant will work closely with specialists from their Military Air and Information Business along with the Composites Centre at Cranfield University. The research will explore and test the possibility of using structural health monitoring sensors to revolutionise the design of high-integrity and high performance structures such as airframes made from carbon fibre composite materials. It will entail investigation of the current structural design philosophies and explore how the addition of structural monitoring sensors as a design element could transform the efficiency, performance and cost of these structures. Currently, safety critical structures such as airframes are ‘over engineered’ and carefully managed to accommodate uncertainties in the material properties and the manner in which they degrade with use. In-built sensors incorporated at the point of manufacture can monitor degradation and detect damage at all times hence eliminating much of that uncertainty. Because these ‘smart’ designs would be self-inspecting, the whole approach to design for maintenance and management of structural integrity could also be transformed. Entirely new designs requiring less material, simplified forms and shapes and with enhanced performance could be realised.

Duration of award(s): A PhD studentship at Cranfield is available for three years.

What does it cover? Applicants are eligible for a bursary of up to £20,000 p.a. for the duration of the award dependent upon qualifications and experience. This studentship will cover the tuition fees for qualified UK/EU students only.  Non UK/EU students are required to pay Cranfield University.

How to Apply: The mode of applying is online.

Scholarship Application Deadline: Do submit your application till 28th February 2013.

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