Vacancies (Updated November 2020)
Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bristol
- Contract: Full-time, open-ended
- Salary: £38,017 - £42,792
- Closing date: 04/12/20
The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bristol has an exciting portfolio of research on structural integrity. They are looking to expand our capabilities in meso-scale modelling of mechanics of metallic materials.
You will contribute to and design, develop and deliver the teaching on the undergraduate programmes in Mechanical Engineering. This will be predominantly in the area of engineering computing targeted at the early years of the curriculum.
Engineering analysis methods that can predict and prevent the failure of safety-critical structures are fundamentally important to the energy industry. Nuclear reactors, wind turbines and oil platforms all need to be provably safe in the face of severe and complex loading scenarios. Recently, new structural integrity assessment methods based on Probabilistic Fracture Mechanics (PFM) have emerged in the nuclear energy industry. PFM allows engineers to understand the sources of risk to a structure better, and to predict more realistically what its response will be under uncertain loading conditions.
This project will focus on developing PFM-based methods so that they can be confidently used to assess a wider range of energy structures: particularly those where less restrictive risk profiles are acceptable. For example, in an offshore wind turbine, which is an un-crewed structure with a relatively short design life, a different risk profile is appropriate to that of a nuclear power reactor. You will investigate the limits of probabilistic structural integrity assessment and the interplay between assessment and measurement methods including Ultrasonic Non-Destructive Testing (UNDT) and residual stress measurement.
You will work at the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC) in Cambridgeshire and the University of Bristol. The new probabilistic understanding of structural failure that you will develop will inform the UK standard BS 7910 and specialised nuclear-specific structural assessment codes, providing a safer and more rational underpinning for the next generation of energy infrastructure.
Please contact Dr Harry Coules (email@example.com) with enquiries.