3-year TSB/Rolls-Royce funded D.Phil studentship, available from October 2013 (subject to eligibility requirements below).
The studentship arises as part of the âSiloet IIâ research contract involving the Technology Strategy Board, Rolls-Royce plc, and a number of UK universities. The particular workpackage involves the measurement and modelling of frictional contacts, relevant to the design and safe operation of aircraft engines. The work will be supervised by Professors David Hills and David Nowell and will take place within the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre for Solid Mechanics at Oxford.
The objective of the project is to address some of the important issues related to contact & friction, particularly in the context of aircraft engines. The work will have two main parts: the first part will aim at understanding the behaviour at frictional interfaces in order to allow improved modelling. The second part of the work will be aimed at developing improved models for the prediction of interface behaviour, including quantities such as contact stiffness and friction coefficient. There will be significant interaction with Rolls-Royce engineers in validating the models and interpreting them in an industrial context. The work will build on the results of an earlier collaborative project (PAMFJP: http://gow.epsrc.ac.uk/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/E058337/1).
The successful candidate will be a member of the Solid Mechanics and Materials Research Group (of which the UTC is an integral part). Further information on the group can be found at http://www.eng.ox.ac.uk/solidmech.
The EPSRC studentship covers University fees at the level set for UK/EU students plus provides a stipend (tax-free maintenance grant) of Â£14,200 p.a. for the first year, and at least this amount for a further two years. The studentship also covers the payment of college fees (c Â£2500 p.a.).
The EPSRC project studentship is available to all applicants but the University fees are covered only at the UK/EU rate. Therefore due to funding restrictions overseas students would have to provide the difference between the UK/EU and the overseas student rates for University fees from some other source, such as a scholarship or personal funds.
Prospective candidates will be judged according to how well they meet the following criteria:
- A first or upper second class honours degree in Engineering, Physics, or a related subject
- Good English written and spoken communication skills
- Excellent record of academic and/or professional achievement
The following skills are desirable but not essential:
- Experience of research in tribology or solid mechanics
- Experience of experiments
- Experience with finite element stress analysis
To apply for this studentship:
- Candidates should send a covering letter (explaining your suitability for the study, what you hope to achieve from the D.Phil. and your research and/or professional experience to date) to [email protected]
- Candidates are expected to meet the Graduate Admissions criteria available at http://www.eng.ox.ac.uk/admissions/postgraduate/admissionscriteria.pdf and a full graduate application must be made at the same time as applying for this studentship â please quote Christ Church as your first choice college. Further details about making a graduate application are available at http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply
Please quote DN-SILOET in all correspondence to the Department and in your graduate application.
Informal enquiries may be addressed to [email protected]. Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.
Application deadline: 30 June 2013