Applications are welcome from students with a good undergraduate (upper second class or higher) and/or Masters qualification (merit or distinction) in the area of mechanical, civil or pipeline engineering. Previous experience in Finite Element Analysis would be advantageous. If English is not your first language then you should have IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. Applicants must be available to commence academic studies in the UK by September/October 2016.
The scholarship covers Home/EU tuition fees and a stipend of £14,633 per year for 36 months. An overseas student (non-EU or UK) may be considered for a partial grant up to the fee level for a Home/EU student.
The core of the programme is the development of a Finite Element (FE) model to simulate the formation of dents of varying geometric shapes in pipelines of different dimensions and material properties using peridynamic theory and the extended finite element method (XFEM). The output from the FE model will be a dataset of total dent strain values for a range of dent and pipe geometries. This dataset will be used to develop and train an Artificial Neural Network (ANN) model as a tool that can be used in the field by pipeline operators to calculate dent strain without the requirement for FE on every dent thereby enabling efficient repair decisions to be made.
How to apply
Applications should be submitted by May 31st 2016. Please email your CV, degree transcripts and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.