Research course

Advanced Composites

Institution
University of Bristol · Faculty of Engineering
Qualifications
PhD

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Entry requirements

An upper second-class degree in a relevant subject (or equivalent qualification).

Months of entry

September

Course content

Composite materials are replacing traditional ones at an unprecedented rate due to the global demand for lightweight structures (eg in aircraft, wind turbines, construction and automotive industries). The growth in the use of composite materials is expected to be rapid, in the region of five to ten per cent each year.

The benefits composites offer to functionalise both materials and structures mean they are integral to any design considerations - material cost, sustainability, fuel efficiency, reduced emissions, improved operational performance and functionality. The composites sector is contributing significantly to industry developments and advanced composites are critical in enabling lighter, smarter structures and cheaper, more abundant energy. With the imminent and very present effects of climate change, composite materials have a role to play in contributing to reductions in CO2 emissions and the development of a more sustainable planet.

The UK has invested heavily in the science and technology of composite materials, including establishing the National Composites Centre at the University of Bristol. A highly skilled workforce and technical leadership are required to support the industry. This leadership requires a radical and innovative mindset that encompasses engineering as well as the physical sciences.

The development of future composites will require doctoral students with underpinning knowledge of advanced materials science and engineering, sustainability, and practical experience of the ensuing composites and structures. These highly skilled engineers not only need to understand technical subjects but should also be able to apply acquired knowledge within the context of the modern world.

This CDT produces highly skilled leaders. Core engineering modules lay the foundations and stretch your understanding of core materials, manufacturing and computational analysis, including experimental and theoretical elements of composites engineering and science. An integrated transferable skills training programme is also included, covering communication, career development and translational research skills. Collaborating with industrial partners (eg Rolls-Royce) and world-leading international expertise (eg University of Limerick), produces an exciting integrated programme enabling you to become a leader in this field.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    96 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
Email
composites-cdt@bristol.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 117 42 84619