Civil Engineering: Fully Funded UK DSTL and Swansea PhD Scholarship: Data-Informed In-Silico Modelling of Multi-Material Electro Active Polymer Based Soft Robots

Swansea University


19 Jul 2023
Job Information

Organisation/Company
Swansea University
Department
Central
Research Field
Engineering » Civil engineering
Researcher Profile
First Stage Researcher (R1)
Country
United Kingdom
Application Deadline
2 Aug 2023 – 23:59 (Europe/London)
Type of Contract
Other
Job Status
Full-time
Hours Per Week
35
Offer Starting Date
1 Oct 2023
Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?
Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?
No

Offer Description

Civil Engineering: Fully Funded UK DSTL and Swansea PhD Scholarship: Data-Informed In-Silico Modelling of Multi-Material Electro Active Polymer Based Soft Robots

Motivation: Scientists now predict that forty years of conventional hard robot technology will imminently be superseded by a new soft robotics era. Electro Active Polymers (EAPs) have been identified as ideal ultra-soft active materials for the fabrication of soft robot components due to their ability to undergo highly complex actuation (stretching, bending and twisting) when subjected to electric stimuli via compliant electrodes.

Applications: Due to their multifunctional nature, EAPs can act as actuators (or artificial muscles) by responding to stimuli faster than natural muscle or conventional motors, and their light weight makes them suitable for space platforms, prostheses, exoskeletons, haptic feedback devices, deformable lenses and other system concepts, such as Stacked EAPs (via a sandwiched composite arrangement of EAPs and electrodes), shown to exhibit output forces capable of locomotion/propulsion to lift/manipulate objects. EAPs can also be exploited as flexible tactile sensors (for machine touch), wearable motion-capture sensors and energy harvesters.

Project aim. Yet the development of EAP soft robots is still in its infancy due to the myriad of design parameters to be considered which act as a bottleneck for progress in the field. In this project, novel computational modelling, 3D/4D-printing and prototyping of two/three multiphase EAPs will be leveraged to “inform” the in-silico design of novel EAP soft robots. In addition, the use of cutting-edge Topology Optimisation nonlinear techniques will be exploited to produce novel effects and reduce the voltage required to achieve actuation.

Resources: The PhD student will take advantage of state-of-the-art soft polymer fabrication (3D/4D printing) and characterisation (i.e. electro-mechanical testing rigs) equipment and the latest computational simulation software tools developed by the group.

Location: Faculty of Science and Engineering, Bay Campus, Swansea University

Available resources/facilities: Access to relevant Computer Clusters and Material Laboratories.

Requirements

Research Field
Engineering » Civil engineering
Education Level
Bachelor Degree or equivalent

Skills/Qualifications

 

Candidates must normally hold an undergraduate degree at 2.1 level (or Non-UK equivalent as defined by Swansea University) in Engineering or similar relevant science discipline. 

Specific Requirements

English Language requirements: If applicable – IELTS 6.5 overall (with at least 5.5 in each individual component) or Swansea recognised equivalent. 

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is open to applicants eligible to pay tuition fees at the UK rate only, as defined by UKCISA regulations .  

Additional Information
Benefits

This scholarship covers the full cost of tuition fees and an annual stipend at UKRI rate (currently £18,622 for 2023/24) for four years.

Additional research expenses will also be available.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates must normally hold an undergraduate degree at 2.1 level (or Non-UK equivalent as defined by Swansea University) in Engineering or similar relevant science discipline. 

English Language requirements: If applicable – IELTS 6.5 overall (with at least 5.5 in each individual component) or Swansea recognised equivalent. 

Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is open to applicants eligible to pay tuition fees at the UK rate only, as defined by UKCISA regulations .  

Selection process

Please see our website for more information.

Website for additional job details
https://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/civil-engineering-…

Work Location(s)

Number of offers available
1
Company/Institute
Swansea University
Country
United Kingdom
City
Swansea
Postal Code
SA2 8PP
Geofield

Where to apply

Website
https://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/civil-engineering-…

Contact

City
Swansea
Website
https://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/civil-engineering-ukdstl-su-phd-data-2023-rs401.php?utm_campaign=postgraduate23&utm_medium=scholarship&utm_source=euraxess&utm_content=pgr
Street
Singleton Park
Postal Code
SA28PP
E-Mail
[email protected]

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