Director of studies: Dr Maozhou Meng
2nd supervisor: Dr Thomas Vance
3rd supervisor: Dr Lee Durndell
Applications are invited for a three-year PhD studentship. The studentship will start on 1 October 2019.
The high stiffness- and strength-to-weight ratios, superior environmental resistance and fatigue life, have led fibre reinforced plastics (FRP) composites being widely used in marine industries. As FRP composites allows complex shapes to be prefabricated, it suits most demanding engineering applications, such as offshore renewable energy devices. However, there are some challenges for FRP composites used in marine environment, including long-term exposure to moisture, numerous ionic species, microorganisms and erosion. One possible solution is the surface modification of FRP composites using nanotechnology.
The aim of this PhD studentship project is to develop an environmental-friendly anti-biofouling and anti-erosion nanocoating for FRP composites in marine environment. The nanocoating to be considered in this project will be metal-base coating by embedding nanoparticles within the metal matrix.
The successful candidate will liaise with a vibrant supervision team formed across mechanical engineering, chemistry, and marine biology. The project involves experimental investigation and numerical simulation. The work will complement the existing EU project (InterReg SeaBioComp).