Project Overview: The use of composite structures on leading edges of aircraft, designed against birdstrike, has been constrained because of a limited understanding of the composite behaviour under impact. There is now a need to consider composite structures for reasons including mass reduction or creating future multi-functional structures.
For conventional metallic structures it is possible to model damage resulting from impact to a relatively high level of confidence when compared with testing. This project will address the gap in understanding that has prevented development of a similar capability for composite structures on air and land vehicles. The techniques used in testing and model development will be similar with significant overlap in the validation tests used for different end applications. Developing a modelling capability for high energy impact of composites will minimise future development costs and will build on existing capability for impact of metallic structures.
The successful applicant will be expected to work in both physical and virtual domains. Experimental work will be conducted to generate data that allows development and validation of FE models. Regular meetings with the industrial partner will also be required.
Funding Details: Aerospace MSc Bursary Scheme
Length of Award: 1.0/2.0 years full-time/part-time (MSc)