Fatigue Performance of full scale carbon/thermoplastic flexible pipes
The National Composites Centre has entered into a strategic partnership with Shell in order to gain entry into the composite emerging market in the Oil and Gas industry. As a result of this strategic partnership the NCC has committed to developing a capability in the full scale fatigue testing of flexible composite pipes with the objective of determining the SN curves for use in the design process of subsea flexible thermoplastic composite pipes.
To support this activity the NCC and Shell have invested in a full scale fatigue testing rig installed at the NCC, Emerson’s Green, Bristol.
The aim of the project is to investigate the fatigue performance of full scale carbon/thermoplastic flexible pipes for the oil and gas industry. This will be achieved through the following outline project topics:
• Understand the effects of the variables in the manufacturing process on the mechanical performance of flexible composite pipes.
• Investigation of failure modes including determination of failure mode, point of leak failure, relationship between material and structural performance
• To carry out work to optimise frequency of full scale fatigue testing and understand the effects this has on the testing outputs, using the NCC/Shell test rig
• NDT – Application and development of NDT techniques to monitor for the following scenarios: Quality control, certification/qualification testing or Structural Health Monitoring (during fatigue testing, may be extended to in service SHM)
• Work with associated governing bodies to develop qualification standards for flexible composite pipes
The Engineering Doctorate (EngD) in Composites Manufacture is a four-year doctorate programme for researchers who aspire to key leadership positions in industry. The programme provides a challenging, multi-disciplinary and academically rigorous education and training experience, leading to a recognised postgraduate qualification. The EngD research student, or ‘Research Engineer’, conducts PhD-equivalent research and completes taught technical and business courses whilst working closely with an industrial sponsor.
Reference Number: R2677
This is an IDC studentship sponsored by the EPSRC. It consists of full UK/EU tuition fees, and an annual stipend expected to be £20,000 per annum.
One studentship is generously funded by the EPSRC Industrial Training Centre in Composites Manufacture / National Composites Centre.
Academic criteria: Candidates should hold or expect to gain a first class degree or a good 2.1 and/or an appropriate Master’s level qualification (or their equivalent).
To be eligible for a full award a student must have:
- Settled status in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay and
- Been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the studentship. This means they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences) and
- Not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals).
To be eligible for a fees only award:
- Students from EU countries other than the UK are generally eligible for a fees-only award. To be eligible for a fees-only award, a student must be 'ordinarily resident' in a member state of the EU.
How to Apply
If you are interested in applying for this EngD project please send your CV and a covering letter to the IDC at email@example.com..
Your covering letter should include confirmation that you are eligible to apply as either a Home student or as an EU student who has been resident in the UK for three years at the course start date.
PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU QUOTE THE STUDENTSHIP REFERENCE ‘ME-EngD/NCC-2016’ IN THE EMAIL SUBJECT FIELD.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to submit an online application form and attend an interview.
The deadline for applications is 3 May 2016.
Cardiff University reserves the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.
For further information please contact Engineering-PGR@Cardif.ac.uk.
For further information about the IDC and the EngD programme please visit:http://www.cimcomp.ac.uk/idc or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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