PhD STUDENTSHIP:AN INFLUENCE OF CHAOTIC AND STOCHASTIC DYNAMIC LOADING ON FATIGUE LIFE OF MECHANICAL ELEMENTS Applications are invited for a three year PhD studentship available NOW for a home or EC student to work in the areas of fracture mechanics and dynamics. We seek a suitably-qualified student with an engineering and mathematical background who is willing to undertake an experimental and analytical work on the project outlined briefly below. An increasing demand for higher fatigue life of mechanical components requires establishment of a consistent methodology for evaluating damage done by irregular loading. Since the majority of loading has a random or non-linear nature, the current code based on periodic loading cannot provide a reliable answer about the fatigue life for many structures. The developed methodology will be applicable to many materials used in different engineering structures.
For further particulars and application forms please contact
Dr M Wiercigroch, Tel. 01124 272509,
Dr W F Deans, Tel. 01124 272795, E-mail: W.F.Deans@eng.abdn.ac.uk