PhD Studentship in Nonlinear Vibration in Vehicular Structures University College London, Department of Mechanical Engineering

PhD Studentship: Nonlinear Vibration in Vehicular Structures, - Ref:1639672

 

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UCL Department / Division Mechanical Engineering


Duration of Studentship Four Years


Stipend £16,290 per annum


Vacancy Information

 

This studentship provides an opportunity for a UK/EU candidate to join a 4-year study program in UCL's Department of Mechanical Engineering.

 

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at UCL has an outstanding international reputation in research on energy and the environment, marine engineering and naval architecture and engineering for medical applications, with strong research collaborations with industry and universities in the UK, North America, Asia and the Far East and has excellent research and teaching facilities.


Studentship Description

 

It is an increasingly common practice to employ numerical simulations to quantify the noise and vibration performance of complex mechanical structures, such as road vehicles, aircraft and ships. However, nonlinearities inherent in the different components of a structure are often excluded from the mathematical models used to predict noise and vibration response. Hitherto, structural models of these complex structures were often overly simplified, partly to allow for acceptable simulation times but also a systematic means for manipulating and optimising features of nonlinear resonant response in mechanical structures is still lacking. For example, nonlinearity in the hinges of road vehicles is not normally included in the structural model and this leads to inaccuracies in the predicted natural frequencies. The ability to model the nonlinear resonant response of a vehicle will lead to a paradigm shift in the current practice of using full-scale prototype to assess noise and vibration performance, leading to a significant reduction in development cost of next generation vehicles.

 

This project will be carried out in collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover and funded by the EPSRC. The research will explore innovative methods (through a combination of nonlinear dynamics, computational mechanics and optimisation) to incorporate the effects of nonlinearity in noise and vibration response of vehicular structures, at an acceptable computational cost. It is envisaged that the work will be useful to the automotive industry for making improved predictions of natural frequencies, vibration and noise in new vehicle designs.


Person Specification


Applicants must have a UK-equivalent first degree (at least 2.1 honours degree or predicted) in an appropriate engineering discipline (e.g. Mechanical or Automotive/Aeronautical Engineering), Physics or Mathematics.

 

Experience with ABAQUS/ANSYS (finite-element software) or measurement techniques is a significant advantage.

 

Full tuition fees and stipend for up to 4 years. The current EPSRC stipend is £16,290 for 2016/17 (this will be adjusted for inflation annually).


Eligibility


Candidates must be either UK/EU passport holders.



Prospective candidates are strongly encouraged to email Dr Ali Abolfathi ( a.abolfathi@ucl.ac.uk ) and Dr PJ Tan (pj.tan@ucl.ac.uk) for an informal discussion before applying. Please attach your CV and full transcript of exam results when making an enquiry.

 

See http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/research/application for information. A CV, full transcript of results (listing all subjects taken and their corresponding grades/marks) and a cover letter stating how the project meets your research interests must be included.


Contact name Dr Ali Abolfathi


Contact details a.abolfathi@ucl.ac.uk


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Closing Date 31 Aug 2017


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