PhD Studentship Modelling of crack propagation in quasi-brittle heterogeneous materials

Application deadline:  4th August 2013

Start date: 30th September 2013

Duration: Three years

Crack propagation is one of the main processes leading to failure, and understanding its mechanism is essential for integrity assessment of many critical structures, e.g. renewable energy systems, underground hazardous waste disposal facilities, oil extraction wells and etc. In reality, crack path is affected by heterogeneous nature of the material. However, the effect of material heterogeneity on crack path cannot be easily determined from classical fracture theory. Therefore, the objective of this project is to develop a theoretical model and computational framework for better simulation of crack advancement in heterogeneous materials.  Statistical mathematics and advanced numerical approaches will be used to describe the effect of inherent fluctuation of material properties on initiation and direction of crack.


The Scholarship will pay an annual stipend at the standard rate (currently £13,726) and tuition fees at the Home/EU rate for three years.

Candidates should have a minimum first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics or a relevant discipline. We are looking for someone that has strong computer programming skills and complementary knowledge of solid mechanics. Experience with fracture mechanics and numerical methods are desirable.

How to apply

We ask that you send your CV and covering letter including contact details of two referees to Dr Mohaddeseh Mousavi Nezhad at The covering letter must state how your interest and experience relate to the project.

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