PhD Studentship: Two EPSRC iCASE studentships in Elastomer Composites, Queen Mary University of London

Job description

PhD Studentship: Two EPSRC iCASE studentships in Elastomer Composites

Queen Mary University of London - School of Engineering and Materials Science

Qualification Type: PhD

Location: London

Funding for: UK Students

Funding amount: £20,000 for 2020/21

Hours: Full Time

Two EPSRC iCASE funded PhD studentship opportunities have arisen based in the Soft Matter Group in the School of Engineering and Materials Science at Queen Mary University of London. The projects collaborate with Schlumberger, the world’s leading supplier of technology, integrated project management and information solutions to the energy industry. Both projects suit graduates from a chemistry, chemical engineering, engineering or materials science background. The project will comprise experimental studies at QMUL (supervised by Prof. James Busfield) and the Schlumberger Cambridge Research facility (supervised by Dr Julien Ramier).

Project 1 Details (Reference JJCB1)

Development of nanostructured reinforcing fillers to enhance physical and mechanical properties of elastomeric composites

This PhD project will develop novel elastomer composites for use as drilling tools. Elastomer composites are widely used in the oil and gas industry as both dynamic and static seals. These seals operate under extreme conditions of large strain and rapid strain rates at high temperatures and pressures whilst being exposed to highly reactive chemicals. This project will identify and characterise suitable nanostructured fillers that can reinforce the elastomer composite materials and establish the link between the reinforcing material’s morphology and the mechanical and physical properties of the resulting composite materials.

Project 2 Details (Reference JJCB2)

Development of predictive lifetime models for elastomer composites

This PhD project will develop predictive lifetime models for elastomer composites used in drilling tools for the oil and gas industry. Elastomer composites are widely used in both dynamic and static seals. These seals operate under extreme conditions of large strain and rapid strain rates at high temperatures and pressures whilst being exposed to highly reactive chemicals. Improving the performance of these components requires a detailed understanding of the behaviour changes that occur during operation. This project aims to predict the operational lifetime of elastomer seals to optimise the design of new sealing technologies. Changes in the mechanical properties of elastomers will be characterised experimentally, fitted to new emerging constitutive models and implemented in numerical simulations to build more accurate predictive design tools.

 

EPSRC Research Studentship Details

To be eligible for a full award (stipend and fees) applicants must have:

  • Settled status in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay and been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to April 2021.
  • This means they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences and not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education (This does not apply to UK nationals). (See: https://epsrc.ukri.org/skills/students/help/eligibility/ for more details)
  • Full Time programme only
  • Applicant required to start in April 2021
  • The studentship arrangement will cover tuition fees and provide an annual stipend for up to four years (currently set as £20,000 for 2020/21).
  • The minimum requirement for this studentship opportunity is a good Honours degree (minimum 2(i) honours or equivalent) or MSc/MRes in a relevant discipline.
  • If English is not your first language you will require a valid English certificate equivalent to IELTS 6.5+ overall with a minimum score of 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in all sections (Reading, Listening, Speaking).

Application Process

Applications should be submitted to Prof James Busfield

Deadline for applications: 14th September 2020

 

Supervisor Contact Details:

For informal enquiries about this position, please contact Prof James Busfield

Tel: 020 7882 8866

E-mail: j.busfield@qmul.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

Full/Part Time: 
Full Time