I can offer a PhD in computational mechanics, high performance computing (HPC, supercomputing), plasticity, ductile damage, high strain rate and high velocity impact material behaviour, fracture mechanics and fracture modelling.

Have a look at some of my projects.

The general topic is fracture in heterogeneous materials - polycrystalline alloys and amorphous materials - steels, aluminum, titanium and zirconium alloys, nuclear graphite, carbon fibre composites, metal matrix composites, reinforced concrete, etc. Fracture might include transgranular cleavage, intergranular grain boundary failure, ductile damage via void nucleation, growth and coalescence, interface decohesion and failure, etc. We are interested in dynamic fracture and high strain rate deformation. Applications include safe operation of components under extreme events - vehicle and personnel armor under projectile penetration, fast cracks in pressurised natural gas pipelines, catastrophic failure of jet engine blades, etc. Improved understanding is the key to safer, cheaper and better performing ships, aircraft, automotive vehicles, defence equipment and really virtually and type of machine or structure.

You must have a 1 or a good 2:1 degree. You must have at least a basic knowledge of solid mechanics, elasticity and plasticity. You must have a keen interest in scientific computing. You must be experienced and interested in programming.

You might be involved in: constitutive modelling, fracture simulations, fomulation of non-linear analysis, writing code, benchmarking, profiling and optimisation of HPC codes, including OpenMP, MPI, Fortran coarrays, etc., running codes on clusters and supercomputers, design and conducting fracture experiments, data analysis, specimen preparation, fractography work, e.g. using SEM, EBSD, FIB or TEM equipment in Interface Analysis Centre (IAC). You might be doing mechanical experiments, and measuring surface deformations using the digital image correlation (DIC) method.

Your work will likely include extensive computer programming, specifically parallel programs for local, national and European HPC resources. Therefore it is very desirable if you know MPI, OpenMP, Fortran coarrays, linux/unix, parallel programming basics.

You will be working in a vibrant solid mechanics research group, with over 20 other PhD students and post-doctoral researchers. There will be plenty of opportunities for personal and professional development, including various internal University courses, collaboration with other researchers on other projects, external courses and conference attendance.

With all funding questions refer to the FEN funding pages. For UK applicants full scholarship + some tax free stipend might be available. For overseas EU applicants only scholarship might be available. For overseas applicants outside the EU unfortunately I can offer no financial support at all. You'd have to apply for funding from your government or other funds. Refer to the above funding page for more details.

Further small and large projects are possible.

Contact details: mexas@bris.ac.uk, +44117 33 15944.