Postgraduate research opportunities

Investigation of the Finite and Discrete Element Methods for Ground Engaging Tool Design

This will investigate the discrete element method and the finite element method software tools to simulate & analyse interaction between machines & geo-materials in granular and bulk form with aim of developing an integrated methodology to reduce machine damage such as fatigue,fracture and wear,and to optimise design,

Number of places

One

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Opens

4 March 2021

Deadline

30 April 2021

Duration

36 months

Eligibility

The funding is provided for an excellent student with a 1st Class Honours degree or Masters with Distinction (or equivalent) awarded within the Mechanical Engineering or a closely related discipline, with a proven commitment to the field of study.

 The candidate should have good engineering solid mechanics as well as a materials science background and be familiar with finite element simulation and software ABAQUS or ANSYS. Familiarity with DEM will also be an advantage.

 

 

Project Details

This project will investigate the use of state-of-the-art Discrete Element Method (DEM) and the Finite Element Method (FEM) software tools to simulate and analyse the interaction between machines and geo-materials in granular and bulk form. The aim is to develop an integrated methodology that can be used to better understand system interaction at a fundamental level, and provide useful information to reduce machine damage and increase product performance in a testing operating environment. Software tools such as the ANSYS FEA and EDEM or Rocky DEM software as well as open source alternative DEM software will be investigated using standalone workstations and the ARCHIE-WeSt regional supercomputer.

Collaboration with the industrial partner design teams will be initiated to learn the current expertise and typical simulation applications. Typical mining ground engaging tool (GET) products such as bucket, tooth and tooth adaptor designs that have complex geometries will be modelled integrating DEM and FEM. Detailed stress distributions and damage model developments (fatigue, fracture, multi-fracture and wear) will deliver the basis for a design optimisation methodology.

The student will be part of a larger research group joining Dr Yevgen Gorash, Dr Tugrul Comlekci and Prof Donald Mackenzie, linking the industrial partner to the University of Strathclyde, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. The student will be based at the Technology and Innovation Centre in Glasgow and the project is due to commence on  1 October 2021.

The candidate should have good engineering solid mechanics as well as a materials science background and be familiar with finite element simulation and software ABAQUS or ANSYS. Familiarity with DEM will also be an advantage.

 

Funding Details

This project is funded by the University of Strathclyde Research Studentship Scheme, Research Excellence Award (REA), and an industrial partner.

The award will cover Home tuition fees, together with a monthly stipend (Total £18,500 each academic year)

In addition, there are funding costs, to cover travel and conferences.

Supervisor

The primary supervisor will be Dr Tugrul Comlekci,  Principal Knowledge Exchange Fellow, and the secondary supervisor will be Prof Donald Mackenzie. Dr Yevgen Gorash, Research Fellow, will also be involved in the supervision of this project.

The student will be part of a larger research group linking the industrial partner to the University of Strathclyde, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. The student will be based at the Technology and Innovation Centre in Glasgow.

Contact us

Please contact Dr T Comlekci , for informal enquiries.

How to apply

Please forward CV, transcripts, and two references in the first instance, to Dr T Comlekci, for consideration.

Applications must include: (i) an up-to-date CV; (ii) 2 appropriate and relevant references (signed, on headed paper and dated (within the last 6 months)); (iii) transcripts for all qualifications whether awarded or ongoing (including an overall degree classification and officially translated, if necessary).