MAterials and STructures (MAST) Research Group news

Flexwave Project

Xinyu Wang has joined the MAST research group as a Research Fellow in the context of the EPSRC Flexwave Project. He will explore whether rubber, composites and polymers can be effective in harnessing wave power.  Krishnendu Puzhukkil will be the Hydrodynamics PDRA supporting the project in the COAST research group.

12 August 2021

Abandoned boats

John Summerscales was interviewed and broadcast by BBC Spotlight for a feature item on abandoned fibre glass boats.

26 May 2021

Manufacturing Engineer Degree Apprenticeship

There will be an Employer Open Day to introduce this course at 1300 BST on Thursday 10 June 2021.

20 May 2021

Undergraduate project showcase

The Mechanical, Marine and Materials Engineering undergraduate course students have a Project Virtual Showcase where the posters describing their work are displayed.

20 May 2021

Postdoctoral Research Fellow vacancy

MAST research group are seeking a person to work on research related to marine environmental effects on fatigue of nylon fibre reinforced rubber composites for wave energy devices in support of the EPSRC-funded Flexible Responsive Systems in Wave Energy (FlexWave) project. The FlexWave project will test the research hypothesis that the use of Flexible Responsive Systems in Wave Energy will lead to a step change reduction in cost and provide a pathway to cost competitive, scalable wave energy converters. The deadline for applications is 31 May 2021.

Find out more about the vacancy.

09 April 2021

Expert on Sky News

Jasper Graham-Jones was interviewed by Sky News when the Ever Given container ship ran aground blocking the Suez canal.

25 March 2021

Postgraduate research studentships 

The following three or three and a half year MPhil/PhD studentships with a materials flavour are available at the University of Plymouth with a start date of 01 October 2021:

  • 3D printed graphene sensors in structural health monitoring for composite turbine blades.
  • Motions and loads on dynamic export cables for floating Offshore Renewable Energy farms using physical and numerical modelling.
  • Coupled nonlinear analysis of a flexible fabric wave energy converter.
  • Developing computational tool of safer decommissioning plan for ships and offshore structures through condition assessment.

17 March 2021

Thermal Analysis suite

The University of Plymouth will be looking to acquire a Thermal Analysis suite to service teaching and research in materials characterisation (ceramics, metals, polymers and composites), food science and chemistry. View the contract finder notice.

08 February 2021

Webinar series on Recycled Aggregates in Concrete

Boksun Kim, RAEng Frontiers Champion, will be hosting ten webinars on Recycled Aggregates in Concrete this year. Registration links will be added to the page as they become available.

14 January 2021

Special issue editor

Maozhou Meng will be leading a special issue of the MDPI open access journal Micromachines entitled Recent Advances in Graphene-based Sensors. The deadline for manuscript submissions is 31 July 2021.

13 January 2021

2020

Recovery of electronic wastes … an LCA study

Recovery of electronic wastes as fillers for electromagnetic shielding in building components: An LCA study, has been published Open Access in the Journal of Cleaner Production.

15 December 2020


Micro-scale damage sensing

Micro-scale damage sensing in self-sensing nanocomposite material based CNTs has been published in Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing. The publishers have provided a Share Link where anyone can access, read or download the final version of the article on ScienceDirect until Saturday 26 December 2020.

06 November 2020


Bast fibres and their composites: organisms and enzyme processes

A review of bast fibres and their composites: Part 4 ~ organisms and enzyme processes, has been published in Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing. The publishers have provided a Share Link where anyone can access, read or download the final version of the article on ScienceDirect until Friday 25 December 2020.

05 November 2020


Royal Academy of Engineering – Frontiers Champion

Boksun Kim has been awarded RAEng Frontiers Champion funding for a project on Recycled Aggregate Concrete in South East Asia. The project aims to bring together global research communities, policy makers, practitioners, innovators and social scientists to establish an interdisciplinary consortium to investigate the development of sustainable, durable, cost-effective, green concrete by utilising recycled aggregates in Southeast Asia.

23 October 2020


Fibre Area Correction Factors for the extended rules-of-mixtures for natural fibre reinforced composites

The ICNF4 conference paper, Fibre Area Correction Factors (FACF) for the extended rules-of-mixtures for natural fibre reinforced composites, has now been published in Materials Today: Proceedings. The publishers have provided a Share Link where anyone can access, read or download the final version of the article on ScienceDirect until Wednesday 09 December 2020.

20 October 2020

Banana peel fibres

Achille Ferrante was an Erasmus+ placement from Università degli Studi di Camerino during January-March 2018. Our joint paper, Evaluation of tensile strength of fibers extracted from banana peels, has been published in Journal of Natural Fibres, 2020, 17(10), 1519-1531 today. The publisher has offered 50 free online copies of the article, so the early bird gets the eprint at https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/WB9xx8EkJXuWufBnFFjw/full?target=10.1080/15440478.2019.1582000. Enjoy!

02 September 2020


Congratulations!

Dr Antony Robotham, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has received a President's Special Award for Pandemic Service from the Royal Academy of Engineering. The award is in recognition of his work to design a protective face shield for frontline staff that would have the least possible environmental impact. Learn more about the Special Award.

17 August 2020

2019

InterReg Channel/Manche INdiGO project approval

The InterReg Channel Manche monitoring committee has approved funding for the INdiGO Targeted Project/Plastics Pollution led by Université de Bretagne-Sud (UBS). INdiGO looks to develop, test and validate innovative biodegradable fishing gear with a controlled-lifetime in marine environment and to stimulate environmental technologies. The main aim of the Plymouth involvement will be to encourage fishing stakeholders to move towards more sustainable behaviours by promoting a circular economy. The University of Plymouth funding is €540k from 2019 for three years. A post-doctoral research fellow and a PhD student will be recruited in due course: potential applicants should contact the University of Plymouth lead Jasper Graham-Jones with expressions of interest.

04 October 2019


Congratulations!

Mohammed Al-Bahrani had his viva voce examination today and was recommended for the award of PhD subject to corrections to the thesis. The thesis title was The Manufacture and Testing of Self-Sensing CNT Nanocomposites for Damage Detecting Applications.

24 September 2019

Doctoral thesis now online

The doctoral thesis, The effect of interface morphology in waste tyre rubber powder filled elastomeric matrices on the tear and abrasion resistance, by Dayang Habibah binti Abang Ismawi Hassim is now available for download from PEARL.

20 September 2019

Congratulations!

Matthias Wimmer, a research degree candidate at University of Plymouth Munich Node, had his viva voce examination today and was recommended for the award of PhD subject to minor corrections to the thesis. The thesis title was Development, modelling and analysis of Vacuum Assisted Multipoint Moulding for manufacturing fibre-reinforced plastic composites. The supervisors were Christoph Maurer (in Munich) and Frank Abraham.

30 August 2019

Farewell! 

Two colleagues, Frank Abraham and Sourajyoti (Raj) Basu, have escaped to pursue new careers!

31 July 2019  

New coatings paper

Maozhou Meng, Andrew Leech and Huirong Le, Mechanical properties and tribological behaviour of electroless Ni–P–Cu coatings on corrosion-resistant alloys under ultrahigh contact stress with sprayed nanoparticles, Tribology International, November 2019, 139, 59-66. Elsevier are offering free access using this Share Link until 11 August 2019.

Jahir joins Editorial Board of Ships and Offshore Structures

Jahir Rizvi has accepted an invitation to join the Editorial Board of the international, peer-reviewed Ships and Offshore Structures journal.

10 May 2019

Congratulations!

Sahar Sahib Elaiwi successfully defended her PhD thesis, Analysis and design of castellated beams, at viva voce examination. Subject to minor corrections to the thesis the degree will be awarded in due course, The supervision team was Professor Long-Yuan Li and Dr Boksun Kim.

03 May 2019

Engineering PhD studentships

The following PhD studentships starting on 01 October 2019 are now open for applications:

  • Nanocoating for FRP composites in marine environment
  • Cyber-physical security system in renewable energy infrastructure
  • Developing high performance, durable graphene oxide concrete for structural applications in the coastal environment
  • High-fidelity aero-hydro-elastic modelling of offshore wind turbines in extreme conditions
The closing date for applications is 12:00 noon on 31 May 2019. Please address any enquiries to the designated Director of Studies nominated on the webpage.

02 May 2019

Congratulations!

Dayang Habibah binti Abang Ismawi Hassim successfully defended her PhD thesis, Fatigue crack growth of recycled rubber in natural/butadiene rubber blend, in a viva voce examination. Subject to some minor corrections to the thesis, the degree should be awarded in due course. The studies were sponsored by the Malaysian Rubber Board and supervised by Frank Abraham, John Summerscales and Paul Brown (Tun Abdul Razak Research Centre (TARRC)).

30 April 2019

Doctoral thesis now online 

The doctoral thesis, The design and manufacture of a glass fibre reinforced polymer (GFRP) bolted flange joint for oil and gas applications, by Muhsin Ali Marie Aljuboury is now available for download from PEARL.

05 April 2019

Vacuum Assisted Multipoint Moulding 

Matthias Wimmer is a University of Plymouth doctoral candidate based in Munich University of Applied Sciences, supervised by Frank Abraham and locally by Christoph Maurer. The subject of his doctoral studies is the Vacuum Assisted Multipoint Moulding (VAMM: a form flexible tooling system for the production of curved CFRP parts) system which is featured in this video.

04 April 2019

IoT structural health monitoring system integrated with self-sensing concrete structures for smart cities 

Sung-Hwan Jang and Long-yuan Li will receive £95k funding from Korea Agency for Infrastructure Technology Advancement in South Korea. The overall project value is £550k over three years with external partners at ENGSoft (South Korea) and Sungkyunkwan University (South Korea).

27 March 2019

InterReg SeaBioComp Research Fellow

We have an opportunity for a full-time fixed-term researcher to join the Interreg SeaBioComp project. The deadline for applications is 14 April 2019.

27 March 2019


Free download 

Sage Publications are now hosting Advanced Composites Letters, and have made all content available for free download. The Plymouth papers are:

18 March 2019

Congratulations!

Boksun Kim has been awarded Fellowship of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

04 March 2019

Congratulations!

Muhsin Aljuboury successfully defended his PhD thesis, The design and manufacture of a glass fibre reinforced polymer (GFRP) bolted flange joint for oil and gas applications, today. Subject to minor corrections to the thesis the degree will be awarded in due course, The supervision team was Jahir Rizvi (DoS), Stephen Grove and Richard Cullen.

19 February 2019


2018

PhD completion 

Hossein Mohammad Khanlou has submitted the final version of his doctoral thesis Degradation of flax PLA biocomposites during and after manufacture at Griffith University in Australia. The thesis was supervised by Wayne Hall and Peter Woodfield in Australia and by John Summerscales.

04 July 2018

New marine composites book (20 August 2018)

Marine Composites: Design and Performance, edited by Richard Pemberton, John Summerscales and Jasper Graham-Jones, will be published by Elsevier on 03 September 2018. (PS: 28 August 2018) The book is now available on ScienceDirect.

Congratulations!

Aitor Hernandez Michelena successfully defended his doctoral thesis, Effect of fibre treatment on the properties of natural fibre reinforced polymer composites, today. Subject to some minor corrections to the thesis, the degree should be awarded in due course. The supervision team was John Summerscales, Wayne Hall (Griffith University - Australia), Miggy Singh and Jasper Graham-Jones. The project was conducted in the Basque country under remote supervision, in collaboration with Acciona Windpower/Nordex and University of Zargoza, and with partial funding from Santander Scholarships.

19 October 2018

SeaBioComp approval

The InterReg 2 Seas | Mers | Zeën Monitoring Committee has approved funding for the SeaBioComp project led by CenTexBel. SeaBioComp looks to develop and demonstrate durable bio-based composites for a marine environment. The University of Plymouth funding is €289k from 2019 for three years. The main aim of the Plymouth involvement will be to develop in-situ polymerisation during resin infusion as a route to (bio-based) thermoplastic matrix (recyclable) composites for marine use.

28 January 2019

Welcome 

Dr Maozhou (Leo) Meng has today joined the team as a Lecturer. Leo graduated from Plymouth as Doctor of Philosophy for a thesis on Fatigue failure of fibre reinforced plastics for marine environment in 2016, and has been PDRA ar University of Derby in the intervening period.

16 July 2018

Congratulations!

Rosemarie Poad, MEng (honours) Civil Engineering Stage 5 and Student Ambassador, has won the South West Women in Construction (SWWIC) Graduate Award 2017.

26 February 2018

PhD studentship: Self-Sensing and Energy-Harvesting (SSEH)

Composite Materials for Coastal Infrastructure 

Applications were invited for a three-year PhD studentship. The studentship will start on 01 October 2018.

Closing date was 09 April 2018.

26 March 2018

ACMC becomes Composites Engineering 

The University of Plymouth has reverted to trading under the name of the legal entity. Coincident with that change, after just over 30 years as Advanced Composites Manufacturing Centre, ACMC is in transition to Composites Engineering to reflect diversification of interests.

01 May 2018

Marine aging of polymers 

Peter Davies (IFREMER) and John Summerscales have received approval to organise EUROMECH Colloquium 607 'Marine aging of polymers'. This series of prestigious events is hosted by the European Mechanics Society. The meeting will be held in Brest, France during 26-30 August 2019.

24 June 2018

Composite Materials and Structures for Engineering Students 

Our former colleague, Stephen Grove, has published a book with the above title which is available via Amazon.

03 July 2018

4th International Conference on Natural Fibers (ICNF2019) 

The 4th International Conference on Natural Fibers – Smart Sustainable Solutions will be held in Porto, Portugal during 01-03 July 2019. John Summerscales is a member of the scientific committee.

11 July 2018

Composites curriculum development in China

John Summerscales presented 'Education and curriculum design for composites in the UK' to an Education and Training Committee (E&TC) set up during the 3rd China International Congress on Composite Materials (CCCM-3) in Hangzhou in October 2017. JS has now been invited by the committee chairman to become a member of the E&TC. “The main task of this committee is to discuss the issue of the Discipline Construction [curriculum development] in China Composite Materials and Engineering. The main topics include Construction of Teaching material, Teaching Reform and Teaching quality assessment standard, etc. Members of the committee are well-known experts and professors who major in advanced composite materials in China”.

11 December 2017

Welcome

Colin Hague has joined the team as the Knowledge Transfer Partnership Associate on the Mobile Quick Cure Repair (MQCR) project with Alan Harper Composites Limited. Achille Ferrante from L'Università degli Studi di Camerino, Italy will be with us for 13 weeks as an Erasmus+ intern.

22 January 2018

Congratulations!

Dr Sung-Hwan Jang has been awarded a £30k Transport Technology Research Innovation Grant (T-TRIG) from the Department for Transport to run from March to August 2018. The title is 'Breathing life into transport infrastructure: Development of a hydrophobic, freezing temperature sensing, and self-heating road coating system.' The project aims to develop smart coating materials for sensing icy conditions and initiating self-heating surfaces to increase drivers and passengers safety in winter transport roads usage

01 March 2018


2017

Welcome 

Dr Sung-Hwan Jang has joined the civil and structural engineering team. He was formerly with Delft University of Technology.

01 September 2017

Stephen Grove 

Dr Stephen Grove has today retired from his full-time post as Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer), after over thirty years at the University. We wish him well in his retirement, although he will return as a (part-time) Associate Lecturer.

27 September 2017

KTP Associate – Composites Development Engineer

We are seeking a talented Mechanical Engineer, Composites Engineer or Material Scientist or similar with significant composites experience to work on a joint project under Knowledge Transfer Partnership, between Alan Harper Composites and the University of Plymouth. The key objective of this role is to develop and commercialise a range of innovative composite repair kit solutions that are quick, simple and safe to use in a variety of environments. Find out more information about the role

20 November 2017

Degree Apprenticeships 

The University of Plymouth now offers two Degree Apprenticeships:

specifically designed to help upskill current workforce, with an aim to integrate academic learning at undergraduate degree level with practical application in the workplace. To talk to someone about our Degree Apprenticeship offerings, please ask them to get in touch with the Enterprise Solutions Service or call 0800 052 5600.

13 September 2017

Welcome

Ewen Le Roux and Yves Henry from The University of Western Brittany (Université de Bretagne Occidentale, UBO Brest) have joined the team for a two month internship hosted by Richard Cullen and Richard Pemberton.

11 April 2017

Richard Pitwon PhD

Richard Pitwon had his viva voce examination today for a PhD with the title 'Pluggable optical connector interfaces for electro-optical circuit boards'. The outcome was Pass subject to minor corrections. Congratulations!

31 March 2017

Two Knowledge Transfer Partnerships awarded

Richard Pemberton and Roberto Fraquelli have been awarded a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Red Paddle.

John Summerscales and Richard Cullen have been awarded a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Alan Harper Composites Limited.

Further information will be released when the recruitment details have been finalised.

29 September 2017

TRAC,Taylor-made Recycled Aggregate Concrete project

Shanshan Cheng (PI), Long-yuan Li and Boksun Kim have been awarded €450k (€117k to University of Plymouth) for a project on TRAC, Taylor-made Recycled Aggregate Concrete (H2020-MSCA-RISE-2017 project 777823) to run between 01 July 2018 and 30 June 2022.

18 October 2017

Vlad Zamoroskii MPhil

Graduate School have confirmed that Vlad Zamoroskii may now be awarded Master of Philosophy, subject to depositing the final version of the e-thesis on PEARL. The thesis title is “Composite materials filled with ferromagnetic microwire inclusions demonstrating microwave response to temperature and tensile stress”.

The research was supervised by John Summerscales, Dmitriy Makhnovskiy (SoCM) and Mansel Davies (SoCM).

29 March 2017

Welcome

Sam Thorpe has joined the team as Technician (Materials and Structures).

16 October 2017

Visiting PhD student

Mr Qinwei Ding is a third year PhD student from Shanghai University of Science and Technology visiting us from October 2017 for one year. His doctoral research topic is dynamic response of floating wind turbine structures.

10 October 2017

Welcome

Guillaume Kerhino from The University of Southern Brittany (Université de Bretagne Sud, Lorient) has joined the team for a ten week internship hosted by John Summerscales.

20 March 2017

Welcome

Mr Jie Ji has joined MAST as a research degree candidate to study fatigue analysis of reinforced concrete in the marine environment.

01 October 2017

The Vlad Zamoroskii MPhil thesis is now available on PEARL

Vlad Zamoroskii's MPhil thesis is now available on the Plymouth Electronic Archive and Research Library (PEARL): Composite materials filled with ferromagnetic microwire inclusions demonstrating microwave response to temperature and tensile stress. The research was supervised by John Summerscales, Dmitriy Makhnovskiy (SoCM) and Mansel Davies (SoCM).

26 May 2017

The Richard Pitwon PhD thesis is now available on PEARL

Richard Pitwon's PhD thesis is now available on the Plymouth Electronic Archive and Research Library (PEARL): Pluggable optical connector interfaces for electro-optical circuit boards. The research was supervised by Jasper Graham-Jones, Alistair Cree and John Summerscales.

23 August 2017

Promotion

John Summerscales is now Professor of Composites Engineering.

01 August 2017

Pedagogic Research and Teaching Innovation (PRTI) project

Asiya Khan, Richard Pemberton and Priska Schoenborn have been awarded £6500 for a project to study “Delivering Impact via Student Research: Sharing Best Practice”.

18 March 2017

Keynote lecture at the sixth International Conference on Recent Advances in Composite Materials

John Summerscales has been invited to present a Keynote Lecture at the sixth International Conference on Recent Advances in Composite Materials (ICRACM-2019) in Varanasi - India during 25-28 February 2019.

The conference will celebrate the Centenary Year of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and of the Indian Institute of Technology/Banaras Hindu University at Varanasi.

16 March 2017

Keynote speech at International Conference on Innovative Natural Fibre Composites for Industrial Applications

John Summerscales has been invited to present a Keynote Speech, 'Allocation in the life cycle assessment (LCA) of flax fibres for the reinforcement of composites', at the 6th International Conference on Innovative Natural Fibre Composites for Industrial Applications (ICINFCIA) in Rome from 5 to 6 October 2017.

17 March 2017

ICCM21 Track 6.2 Processing-Manufacturing Techniques

John Summerscales, Byung Chul Kim (Bristol ACCIS) and Gangadhara Prusty (UNSW) will lead the above Track at the 21st International Conference on Composite Materials (ICCM21) to be held in Xi'an (China) from 20 to 25 August 2017.

13 January 2017