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Postgraduate research project

Impact-resistant meta-structures under stochastic multiple impact

Fully funded (UK only)
Type of degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Entry requirements
2:1 honours degree View full entry requirements
Faculty graduate school
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Closing date

About the project

The project will focus on understanding the dynamic response of meta-structures subjected to multiple impacts, analyzing the material properties required for effective impact resistance, and developing optimized structural designs to mitigate damage and enhance overall structural resilience.

The findings of this research will contribute to the development of robust and reliable meta-structures for developing adaptive armors which will aim to provide superior protection against a range of threats by instantly modifying their properties upon impact, dispersing energy more effectively, and reducing the likelihood of penetration.

Active mechanical metamaterials can be designed to enhance the performance of body armors and vehicle Armor. These materials can dynamically adjust their stiffness and energy absorption properties in response to the impact, providing superior protection against varying types of threats. For instance, an armor composed of these metamaterials could stiffen instantly upon detecting an incoming projectile, dispersing the energy more effectively and reducing the likelihood of penetration. This research project aims to investigate the behavior and design of impact-resistant meta-structures specifically tailored to withstand the effects of spatially and temporally random multiple strikes.

This project is funded by the Centre for Doctoral Training in Complex Integrated Systems for Defence & Security (CISDnS). They are recruiting candidates interested in digital, physical, and biological systems to create a diverse and interconnected training environment. 

Besides training with a world-leading research group, a CISDnS membership will give you the skills and knowledge to handle real-world interdisciplinary challenges through a Systems Thinking approach.

You will learn about wider research and innovation challenges in the defence and security sector from your peers and supporting industry partners.

This PhD studentship is open only to UK applicants.

We welcome applicants onto the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) from underrepresented groups.