Aerospace Structures

Aerospace Structures

These are some of the PhD programmes we can offer in this research field (please note that these refer to research projects, no studentships):

 

Failure Prediction on Composite Aerospace Structures and Space Systems

 

Supervisor/s: Dr Jose L Curiel-Sosa

 

The development of new advanced composite materials offers plenty of possibilities to implement these new structures into highly strained components and applications. For example, fuselage made of GLARE (hybrid laminate compounded by alternated glass fibre plies and aluminium layers; used in Airbus A380 fuselage) or hybrid CRF and titanium aircraft engine blades. The aircraft design certification is strongly depending on the numerical simulations in order to reduce to a minimum the certification costs. Aircraft composites failure is characterized by different damage modes such as fibre kinking, fibre rupture, matrix cracking or delamination, which makes challenging to calculate an exact prediction of the failure process. However, novel available techniques are promising for the solution of such problems.

 

This investigation will help you to develop a combination of modelling and simulation skills in order to predictive modelling of failure on modern aircraft and space systems. This research will benefit from excellent computing facilities, expertise in computer-aided engineering (CA2M lab), the available experimental facilities including flight simulator to assess aircraft performance and links with industry and with our Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) through our collaborative work.

 

For further information please contact Dr Jose Curiel-Sosa (j.curiel-sosa@sheffield.ac.uk)

 

Failure Analysis of Composite Airframes: Investigation and Predictive Modelling

 

Supervisor: Dr Jose L Curiel-Sosa

 

Composite airframe panels are subjected to extreme loads and impacts. Cracks can develop at microstructure at an early stage and then propagate due to fatigue. There is an ever growing interest in the design of safer composites for aviation. This PhD will aim to investigate on those mechanisms of failure and how to mitigate them.

This investigation will help you to develop a combination of research skills for analysis and prediction of failure on modern composite aircraft. This research will benefit from excellent computing facilities, expertise in computer-aided engineering (CA2M lab), the available experimental facilities and links with the new Boeing facilities at Sheffield and our Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) through our collaborative work.

 

For further information please contact Dr Jose Curiel-Sosa (j.curiel-sosa@sheffield.ac.uk)

 

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