EngD Studentship Design and development of complex composite components in a small company environment

Industrial Doctorate Centre (IDC) in Composites Manufacture

Industrial Sponsor: Cobham Advanced Composites

The project This project is a unique opportunity to make a real impact on the performance of one of the UK’s leading companies in the composites supply chain, whilst developing a valuable personal competence in composite design and manufacture.

Cobham Composites is a relatively small company (80 staff) that designs and manufactures a range of advanced composite structures for a variety of applications. Its business has been developed from radomes but it is currently expanding its areas of application, creating opportunities for creative engineers.

The key challenge for the company is to be able to flexibly respond to customer needs to deliver high value products quickly and profitably. The successful Research Engineer will be at the heart of delivering this vision. They will need to understand the Cobham Composites markets and customers and identify how their needs can best be met through the design of new products. A key part of the project will be identifying software and other design tools, validating them and embedding them into the Cobham Composites workflow.

About the IDC and the EngD programme: The Industrial Doctorate Centre (IDC) in Composites Manufacture aims to provide the UK composites manufacturing industry with Research Engineers equipped with the necessary advanced technical and leadership skills required for effective adoption of new knowledge and technologies in composites manufacture. The relevant industry areas include aerospace, automotive, marine, wind energy and construction. The IDC is firmly embedded within the EPSRC Centrefor Innovative Manufacturing in Composites, and is run in collaboration with the University of Bristol, Cranfield University, the University of Manchester and the University of Nottingham.

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The four-year postgraduate research programme contains a taught component to provide EngD students (Research Engineers) with the necessary specialist knowledge and skills. Research Engineers spend 75% of their time at their company carrying out an industrially focused research project. The taught component is made up of a number of specialist units, which are taken during the first two years of the programme, and which are delivered at the National Composites Centre (NCC) in Bristol.

For further information on the IDC go to http://www.aengd.org.uk/engd-centres/composites-manufacture/

For further information on the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Composites go to http://www.epsrc-cimc.ac.uk/

Candidate requirements At least an upper-second class degree (or equivalent qualification) in engineering, physical science or applied mathematics.

Funding Successful applicants will be offered a stipend of £20,000 pa plus fees. Due to funding eligibility, the stipend and fees funding applies to UK applicants only. EU applicants are only eligible for the fees award.

Standard EPSRC studentship eligibility applies; non-eligible individuals are welcome to apply but must be able to find alternative funding arrangements and must be non-Tier 4 visa holders as the work placement element exceeds the number of hours allowed under Tier 4.

For further information see: http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/Pages/eligibility.aspx

How to apply To apply please go to the apply button below.

In the Programme List select ‘Composites Manufacture EngD’, quoting this particular project.

Contacts For further information please contact Jo.Brooks@bristol.ac.uk

Deadline for applications The closing date for applications is 30 September.

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