Project DetailsThis project is an industrial collaboration with the Strategic R&I group of Solvay Composites, based in Wilton, UK.
Carbon fibre reinforced polymer composites are used in a wide variety of applications that take advantage of their mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties, for example, "light weighting" aircraft and automobiles to reduce their energy consumption and emissions. There are further outstanding opportunities for use of carbon fibre composites in a range of high performance advanced materials, but to realise them will require technology advancement that will be enabled by this project.
This project will use computer simulations to understand how the interaction between carbon fibres and polymer can influence the properties of the resulting composite. The scope for investigation ranges from thermoset polymers, where polymerisation takes place in the proximity of fibre, to thermoplastic polymers where polymer is synthesised prior to impregnating fibre. As well as enabling the optimisation of the performance properties of composites, the aim of the project is to provide direction on how to engineer fibre surfaces and polymers for high performance advanced materials.
In addition to undertaking cutting edge research, students are also registered for the Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Development (PGCert), which is a supplementary qualification that develops a student’s skills, networks and career prospects.
Funding DetailsA fully-funded PhD studentship is available for EU/UK students.
Primary Supervisor - Dr Karen Johnston
Secondary Supervisor - Dr Paul Mulheran
Ms Jacqueline Brown
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James Weir Building, 75 Montrose Street, Glasgow, G1 1XJ
How to apply
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