Self-Sensing and Energy-Harvesting (SSEH) Composite Materials for Coastal Infrastructure
Director of Studies: Dr Sung-Hwan Jang
Second Supervisor: Dr Alison Raby
Third Supervisor: Professor John Summerscales
Applications are invited for a three-year PhD studentship. The studentship will start on 1 October 2018.
The UK is an island nation with approximately 11k miles of coastline, where waves constantly interact with coastal structures. This coastal infrastructure could provide significant opportunities for future marine environmental management that incorporates innovative features. Wave action could be monitored and managed for the safety of people and structures, with potential added benefit that the wave impact loading could be converted into a valuable source of electricity. In recent years, Dr Jang has explored the unique material properties of composites by dispersing nanomaterials into the matrix, creating materials capable of sensing, heating, and energy harvesting. Recent technological advancements in the design and realisation of smart materials have fuelled considerable research in the field of energy harvesting. In particular, energy harvesting from mechanical oscillations has been shown to be a viable approach due to the ubiquitous presence of various frequency vibrations in coastal infrastructures.
The PhD student would undertake
the following tasks:
1) Design and manufacture of self-sensing and energy harvesting (SSEH) composite materials
2) Characterisation of SSEH composites
3) Smart application into coastal infrastructures
A candidate with experience in multifunctional materials, advanced composites manufacturing, electromechanical characterisation is desirable.