Research course

Structural Integrity

Institution
Brunel University, London · Structural Integrity
Qualifications
PhD

Entry requirements

The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree and additionally, for a PhD, a Master’s degree or equivalent. All international students must show evidence that they meet the English requirement for their course of study: IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any section). This applies even if English is the native language of your home country. An appropriate level of English language competence is also expected as listed below. Applicants may also be required to attend compulsory in-sessional English language support. The Senate reserves the right to assess the eligibility of applicants on an individual basis. Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. A research degree provides the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to your discipline. A PhD involves demonstrating through original research or other advanced scholarship the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge at the forefront of an academic discipline or professional practice, the ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the general of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline. Both full-time (3 years) and part-time (6 years) study routes are available.

MPhil degree option
An MPhil involves the exploration of a research topic and is typically studied over a shorter period of 1 year for a full-time student and 2 years for a part-time student. MPhil students are required to demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights informed by the forefront of their discipline, field of study or professional practice.
Research profile
Considering the expertise and track record of both Brunel and NSIRC-based staff, the following areas have been identified as the main research strengths within in the wider field of Structural Integrity:
  • dynamic response of materials and structures (modelling, experimental characterisation and design/optimisation for composites and metals);
  • structural health monitoring based on ultrasound wave propagation and acoustic emissions in solids (modelling, experimental validation, signal processing and sensors);
  • steel, concrete and hybrid structures (material design, manufacturing, modelling and experimental characterisation);
  • fatigue and fracture (modelling, experimental characterisation);
  • extreme loading (e.g. fire, earthquake, blast and progressive collapse)
  • fluid structure interaction (unboned flexible risers)
  • manufacturing (e.g. sheet metal forming, bulk forming, casting, extrusion, 3D printing).
The cutting-edge fundamental and applied research, in the above stated areas provides fertile environment for PhD students. While we welcome all multidisciplinary topics in the area of Structural Integrity, here is a list of potential research areas we would like to supervise:
  • Anisotropic material modelling: Development of physically based constitutive model for the large deformation response and failure of target materials. This student will build upon existing research at Brunel in this area.
  • Treatment of uncertainty including errors: Development of a methodology based on regression for characterising the variation in properties such as material properties and propagating this through to the consequent variation in the final structure.
  • Hybrid spatial discretisation techniques based on coupling of FE and meshless techniques. This (combined with 1,2&3) will enable modelling of challenging problems characterised by failure/damage front, phase change or shock wave propagation.
  • Material characterisation: how to practically determine material properties including variation for anisotropic materials – potential of using elastic wave propagation as one tool.
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Information for international students

English Language Requirements: IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas); Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores); BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas).

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Name
College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences
Email
cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1895 266876