Research Associate/Senior Research Associate

Bristol, United Kingdom
Grade I £33,797 - £38,017, Grade J £38,017 - £42, 792
Jul 02, 2020
End of advertisement period
Jul 31, 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Job number ACAD104600
Division/School School of Civil, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Contract type Open Ended
Working pattern Full time
Salary Grade I £33,797 - £38,017, Grade J £38,017 - £42, 792
Closing date for applications 31-Jul-2020

Advanced Full-Field Imaging for Assessment of Composite Materials

CerTest – full title ‘Certification for Design - Reshaping the Testing Pyramid’ – is £6.9M research investment of the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in the form of a so-called Programme Grant. CerTest is conducted in a close partnership between academic partners University of Bristol (lead), University of Bath, University of Exeter and the University of Southampton, with strong industrial and stakeholder support by Airbus, Rolls Royce, BAE Systems, GKN Aerospace, CFMS, the National Composites Centre (NNC), the Alan Turing Institute, and with close interaction with the European Aviation Safety Agency. CerTest addresses barriers to validation and certification of composite aerostructures posed by the so-called ‘building block approach’ (or ‘testing pyramid’), which is the backbone of current validation and certification processes. CerTest represents a decisive step towards ‘virtual testing’ on the structural scale, which aims to reduce development cost and time to market, as well as to enable more structurally efficient and lightweight composite aerostructures that are essential for meeting future fuel and cost efficiency challenges.

The core research challenges in CerTest are strongly multidisciplinary, which are addressed by an interdisplinary research consortium comprising the academic partner universities. The research is conducted with close collaboration between the universities and with the industrial partners through a team of academics and postdoctoral fellows, supported by a group of PhD and EngD studentships.

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To deliver the overarching objectives of CerTest it is necessary to develop methodologies that enable high-fidelity and robust testing of composite aero-structures on the component and sub-structure levels. A key part of the novel research will be to integrate imaging techniques such as infra-red thermography and digital image correlation so that they can be applied on complex composite structural components and integrated into high fidelity models. A key part of the research focuses on devising methodologies for data synthesis of multi-scale experimental image data with the multi-scale model output to enable robust model validation. Novel structural testing approaches will be developed to account for curved and complex geometries so that stress, strain and displacement fields caused by evolving damage, and the associated redistribution of stress and strain fields, are tracked during fatigue tests.

This role will require a combination of technical and scientific skills, and the ideal candidate should hold a PhD in Engineering (Mechanical, Aeronautical  or Civil) or Physics (or closely related discipline), and have experience and a proven track record covering a range of topics including mechanics of composite materials and structures, advanced experimental mechanics and imaging, and computational mechanics and statistical methods.

This post is being offered on a full-time basis, with funding up to 31/05/2022, starting as soon as possible after 1st September 2020. Interviews are expected to take place on 6th August 2020.

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.