Currently available graduate projects
Developing novel structural composites from recycled materials (213)
There is an increasing need to recycle composite materials and reuse them in other applications. One of the main drivers is the global demand for clean, non-toxic and recyclable construction materials. This project seeks to develop and optimise the recycled fibrous polymeric waste to manufacture novel structural composite components for use in equine fencing systems. The project will involve quantifying and understanding the material properties of the recycled waste materials, and modelling and measuring the structural performance of the novel composite structural components and the prototype fencing system. The definition of a manufacturing and performance specification for the novel composite structural material will provide the catalyst for consideration of its wider structural applications.
Applications are invited for a three year fully-funded (fees and stipend) PhD studentship starting in July 2013, or as soon as possible thereafter. The project work will involve formulation and physical testing of composite materials and will include some numerical/computational modelling and structural testing to quantify the behaviour of the fencing system. Graduates holding/expecting a good honours degree in engineering, materials science or a related subject are encouraged to apply.
- Eco2 Enterprises - www.eco2enterprises.co.uk
ECO2 specialises in waste management and recycling, efficiently and successfully diverting away from landfill. It is sister company to Equestrian Surfaces Ltd, securing supply channels for raw materials and developing cost effective equine related products and technologies for Equestrian Surfaces' products.
- Lancaster University
The Engineering Department at Lancaster specialises in multi-disciplinary research activities in areas including Advanced Structures, Renewable Energy, Nuclear Engineering, Control and Instrumentation, Micro and Nano Technology and Accelerator Science. Informal enquiries about this post should be addressed to Dr SM Green (email@example.com)
To apply for this opportunity please email firstname.lastname@example.org with:
- A completed Application Criteria document (.doc file)
- 2 page CV
- 2 page expression of interest
- Reference number: 213
- 30th May 2013
This PhD is one of 50 industry-led funded PhD projects from the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation. The centre brings together the expertise, resources and global contacts of Lancaster University and the University of Liverpool, together with international commercialisation consultancy Inventya Ltd. The aim of the centre is to form collaborative R&D partnerships to enable and drive innovation in businesses, supporting the development of new products, processes and services for the global marketplace that have positive environmental benefits.
By joining the centre you will receive £16,000 per year as a centre graduate, have your postgraduate tuition fees paid for by your partner business (worth £12,000) and finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas. The Centre for Global Eco-innovation is the only centre of its kind in Europe and is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund.