Maths or Computer Science graduate required for a PhD Studentship at the University of
Engineering Qualification type: Master
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Hours: Full Time
We are looking for maths or computer science graduate programmers with skills in either Unity, C++ or C# to work towards a PhD on a cutting edge, industrially funded 3-years research project at the University of Nottingham.
Asphalt mixture is the most popular material used to build road surfaces. Every year, enough asphalt is produced in Europe to pave twice an area of the size of Luxembourg and its related costs are in the order of thousands of millions of Euros. Today, road materials are still designed by the trial-and-error method, which involves manufacturing and testing several combinations of aggregates and bitumen types until the required results are met. This is an expensive process that hinders the
development of novel types of road surfaces, such as those that can harvest energy, self-heal, or are more durable.
However, little consideration has been given to using computational methods to save time in the asphalt roads design process.
In this project, the successful candidate will use Unity to simulate the mixing and compaction of aggregates in asphalt roads and validate the results with laboratory experiments. Specifically, in the PhD we will be looking at how to simulate the movement of stones (aggregates) during the production of road materials, and produce software that can be used to predict the durability of roads based on the shape of the aggregates and asphalt mixing and compaction technique.
Furthermore, the candidate may have the opportunity to design new types of laboratory
experiments to compare the materials produced in a virtual environment to those from asphalt mixture produced in the laboratory or in the road. The candidate will work as a member of an enthusiastic team, in one of the biggest road laboratories in Europe, and will have frequent interaction with industry.
Please direct informal enquiries to Dr. Alvaro Garcia, firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy of your covering letter and CV.