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Nanocomposites with brush-like reinforcement



Important description
The project will focus on creating the multi-scale three-dimensional models for accurate analytical prediction of the effect of reinforcement with bristled nanowires on the overall performance of the composite material, leading to the optimal usage of very expensive nanomaterials.

The proposed research is aimed at developing a new method for improving properties of structural fibre-reinforced composites by targeted usage of relatively expensive nano-scale additives in order to improve the weakest link in such materials. The project draws on the recently reported idea of the brush-like nano-reinforcement of composite materials. It is suggested to use bristled nanowires for the ultimate purpose of fabricating composites with improved fibre-matrix adhesion and hence the increased shear strength, which is the driving parameter for increasing strength of the entire material.

At the first stage, the project will focus on creating the multi-scale three-dimensional models for accurate analytical prediction of the effect of reinforcement with bristled nanowires on the overall performance of the material.

The second stage will be devoted to the practical applications of the developed method and materials with brush-like nano-reinforcement including manufacturing nanocomposites, testing the developed materials and promoting their usage in industry.

The successful applicant will have a first or upper second class degree in: applied mathematics, solid mechanics, engineering or materials science. Knowledge in numerical modelling using MatLab, C++ or FORTRAN would be advantageous.

The other supervisor on this project is Dr Maria Kashtalyan, Engineering, University of Aberdeen


Eligibility and other criteria
If you have the correct qualifications and access to your own funding, either from your home country or your own finances, your application to work with this supervisor will be considered.


Application deadline
*Applications accepted all year round


Additional information, and important URL
Applications can be accepted from students worldwide. Applicants should note that there is no funding attached to this project therefore the successful candidate will entirely responsible for the payment of tuition fees, living expenses and other such costs associated with living and studying in Aberdeen.

The project will be awarded to the first suitable applicant. The start date will be agreed between the successful applicant and their supervisors.



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