Research Associate - School of Civil, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol (GB)
£32,548 - £36,613
13 May 2018
End of advertisement period
12 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Based in the world leading research team in the Bristol Composites Institute (ACCIS) at the University of Bristol, this is an exciting research opportunity to join a strong team developing an innovative automated composites manufacturing technology.

This EPSRC project aims at developing an innovative fibre placement technology for manufacturing defect-free complex composite structures, by enabling the Continuous Tow Shearing process on three-dimensional surfaces. This novel technology will have a capability of eliminating the fibre wrinkling defect in the process of steering the lay-up paths, which was inevitable for producing complex composite components and is the major limitation of the current automated fibre placement (AFP) technology.

The role-holder will work as part of a team to study the fibre rearrangement in complex tow deformations and develop a robot head control algorithm to minimise the fibre wrinkling defects in 3D Continuous Tow Shearing process. The developed algorithm will be implemented in a computer-aided design software tool to automatically generate the robot control code. The researcher will collaborate with other team members to carry out manufacturing tests and process simulation. The project is supported by Airbus, BAE Systems, National Composites Centre, and ABB robotics, which will provide an excellent opportunity for industrial engagement.

The ideal candidate will have preferably a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or Robotics with good experience in robot programming/control and skills in computer-aided design software and some background knowledge of fibre-reinforced composites. Good skills in computer-aided design software are advantageous.

This post is being offered on a contract with funding for up to 31 May 2020 with a possible extension, starting as soon as possible.

It is anticipated that interviews will take place as soon as possible after the closing date.

Informal enquiries can be made to: Dr BC Eric Kim (

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