UK Nonlinear News, February 1997

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Graduate Scholarships

St Hugh's is offering up to fifteen Scholarships for research to graduates of any nationality from October 1997, each of 2000 pounds p.a. and for a period depending on the fee paying duration of the student's course. Scholarships are offered in all subjects. In addition there are named scholarships in Classics, Modern Languages and Theology.

Each graduate scholar will be entitled to a room in St. Hugh's graduate accommodation for up to two years at the standard charge, and to dine periodically at High Table.

Awards to applicants not already reading for a higher degree at Oxford will be conditional on their being accepted to do so by the relevant Faculty Board of the University.

Further particulars of the Scholarships and of the application procedure may be obtained from the Tutor for Graduates, St Hugh's College, OXFORD OX2 6LE, who should receive applications by Monday 3rd March 1997.

The College is an Equal Opportunities Employer.


Department of Aerospace Engineering and Department of Engineering Mathematics

Adaptive Estimation of Basins of Attraction for Aircraft Flight Dynamics Analysis

Applications for a three-year PhD studentship are invited from graduates of aeronautical engineering, applied mathematics or related disciplines, with a sound background in aircraft dynamics, mathematical modelling or nonlinear mathematics. Some experience with computer modelling or numerical analysis would be useful.

The project is in the area of a new and potentially significant application of non-linear dynamics and chaos to aircraft design and operation, specifically the use of numerical continuation and bifurcation theory. The particular aim is to derive, analyse and implement new computational techniques to estimate domains of attraction of various flight regimes during numerical continuation. The techniques will be applied to aircraft flight dynamics models with a view to increased effectiveness in aircraft aerodynamics and control system design, flight tests procedures, etc.

The Faculty of Engineering at Bristol offers a stimulating interdisciplinary research environment. The project will be co-supervised by Mark Lowenberg in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, who has expertise in applying bifurcation techniques to realistic aircraft models, and Alan Champneys in the Department of Engineering Mathematics, who has extensive expertise in applied nonlinear mathematics. The project will likely involve collaboration with the DRA and with industry.


This project is funded by the EPSRC and therefore only UK or European Community citizens are eligible for support.

UK citizens: fees paid and the usual EPSRC grant for living expenses EC citizens: fees paid only

Further information and application form

Mark Lowenberg email:

Department of Aerospace Engineering
University of Bristol
Queens Building
University Walk

Tel: 0117 928 9765
Fax: 0117 925 1154

Source:Alan Champneys (


Department of Mathematics and Department of Fuel & Energy

Theory of Ignition of Catalytic Combustion Devices

Applications are invited for a PhD Studentship on a project funded by EPSRC on catalytic combustion. The aim of the project is to apply the principles of non-linear mathematics to the transient behaviour of catalytic combustion devices. The student would use stability and bifurcation theory to analyse the highly non-linear combustion equation. The successful applicant would be under the joint supervision of Professor J. Brindley (Applied Maths) and Dr. A.C. McIntosh (Fuel and Energy).

For further particulars and an application form, please contact:

Dr M.J. Wilson,
Department of Applied Mathematical Studies,
The University of Leeds, LEEDS LS2 9JT, telephone: 0113 233 5148,

Informal enquiries to Professor Brindley,
telephone: 0113 233 5134

The University of Leeds promotes an Equal Opportunities Policy.


UCL Graduate School Research Scholarships for 1997/98

The UCL Graduate School's Research Student Scholarship programme was successfully launched two years ago; a further series of scholarships is available for students seeking admission in 1997/98.

Twenty `major' or `minor' awards, valued at 9,000 pounds and 2,500 pounds respectively, are to be offered. Recipients will be academically outstanding candidates who have been selected for admission to an MPhil/PhD programme at UCL in 1997/98. These scholarships are open to UK, European Union and other overseas students. The scholarships are tenable for up to three years in any of the College's 72 departments.

UCL has an exceptional academic record, conducting research of international importance. In the 1996 National Research Assessment Exercise, UCL was ranked among the top three multifaculty universities. The sole criterion for the award of the scholarships now being offered will be academic excellence.

How to apply: Request UCL's Graduate Applications Pack and the Graduate School Research Scholarships application form from: Admissions and General Enquiries Office, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT, telephone: 0171-380 7365; fax: 0171-380 7920; e-mail:

Closing date for scholarship applications: 1st May 1997.

Those who have already applied for MPhil/PhD admission to UCL, will automatically be considered for the award of a scholarship and need not respond to this announcement.

Working towards Equal Opportunity

Southampton: Maths/ISVR

EPSRC PhD studentship

"Theory and control of impact oscillators"

An EPSRC project studentship is available for research in the mathematical theory and experimental aspects of control of impact oscillators. The project will be jointly supervised by Dr David Chillingworth in the Department of Mathematics and Professor Joe Hammond in the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) at the University of Southampton.

This studentship is funded from the Applied Nonlinear Mathematics Programme of the EPSRC, and is tenable from 1 October 1996 or from any other convenient starting date up to 1 October 1997.

Further details are available from

Dr Chillingworth (
telephone 01703 593677 (messages 593612)

Prof Hammond (
telephone 01703 593467


Mathematical Sciences Studentship Scheme

The Scheme has funding to support a PhD student in Mathematics. There is a strong research group in Mathematics at Surrey and the main area of interest is Nonlinear Dynamics with many aspects of this broad subject covered by different members of the group. Further details on the research activity of the group can be found at

Students who are interested in starting postgraduate study in one of the areas listed below in October 1997 are invited to apply for support. Enquiries about the Scheme can be made to Dr P.J. Aston (tel: 01483-300800 extension 2631, email: An application form together with a list of possible projects can be obtained from the Postgraduate Secretary, Dept of Mathematical and Computing Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 5XH (tel: 01483-259631, email: The closing date for applications is 30 April 1997. Applicants should be eligible for an EPSRC award.

Areas of interest include the following:

Source: Dr P.J. Aston (

University of Surrey

Synchronisation of Coupled Systems

An EPSRC Project Studentship on Synchronisation of Coupled Systems in the Mathematics Department at the University of Surrey is currently available. More details can be found at

Source: Dr P.J. Aston (



The University is offering 32 new awards to home/EU feepaying students embarking on full-time postgraduate courses at the University in October 1997. These awards are in addition to the University's quota of research council and other studentships. For further information and application forms, please telephone 01904 434034 or fax 01904 432092 or e-mail Details are also available on the Internet (

Research awards for (MPhil/DPhil candidates) covering the tuition fee and up to 6,000 pounds towards living expenses are available in 17 graduate schools including Mathematics.

Applications should reach the Graduate School Office by 30 April 1997. Later applications may be considered where awards are still available.

The University also offers a number of overseas student scholarships (representing a substantial contribution to the overseas tuition fee). The closing date for applications is 1 May 1997.

It has also been arranged, in association with Midland Bank plc, a postgraduate student loan scheme. For details, ring Angela Horner at the Midland Bank, York, on 01904 884024.


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