Princess Yachts, a
leading British luxury yacht manufacturer, will sponsor this PhD
studentship. The company seek to enhance
their environmental credentials by understanding, then minimising, the
environmental burdens imposed by their operations. The research will analyse material flows
within the production facility for fibreglass composite structures, fitted out
with premium quality materials.
The Sustainable Earth
Institute at the University of Plymouth brings researchers together with
businesses to develop cutting-edge research and innovative approaches that
build resilience to global challenges.
The MAterials and STructures (MAST) Research Group explores many aspects
of structural, mechanical, marine, composites and civil engineering, and hosts
the academic team who will supervise the project. The MAST Composites Engineering Group has a
long history of research on fibre-reinforced composites having incorporated the
activities of the renowned Advanced Composites Manufacturing Centre (ACMC).
methodology for the research will be Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and will look to
develop systems which balance the competing economic and environmental
drivers. The successful candidate will
initially be expected to evaluate LCA software options and then recommend the
tool most suitable for Princess Yachts.
Liaising with a vibrant
supervision team, the student will assess which boat line should take priority for
the process mapping and then establish the methodology for analysis of that
product leading to quantified improvements. The company are keen to embed the methodology
into the New Product Development process and enthusiastic that work carried out
is communicated by the candidate internally to help drive positive change.