Research Studentship in Multi-Scale Modelling of Hybrid Systems subjected to Impact Loading

3.5-year D.Phil Studentship 

This studentship is part of a joint EPSRC and Rolls-Royce funded project on "Advanced Propulsion Systems" being jointly undertaken by the Universities of Oxford, Nottingham, Imperial College, London.

The research will be focused on the development of modelling methodologies for multi-scale simulations of the response of hybrid systems subjected to impact loading as a part of a long term collaboration with designers of large gas turbine engines for civil aviation.

The aim is to develop novel, experimentally validated modelling approaches for simulation of deformation and fracture of materials and systems subjected to highly dynamic loading, such as those arising from ice impact on rotating components of gas turbine aircraft engines. The student will play a central role in the development of numerical algorithms and compassing software as a "plug-in" into a larger software suite, as well as related experimental methods for calibration and validation of developed software. The research will focus on discretisation methodology and related kinematics whilst remaining generic in terms of constitutive behaviour of solid materials for which the software is designed. In addition, the developed methodology will aim to span a range of length scales. The aim is to validate the newly developed modelling capability against readily available experiments generated in the Impact Engineering Laboratory, Oxford where the project is hosted. 

The student will be a member of a vibrant and exciting research team, which is one of the largest in the Department. Our industrial sponsors include some of the biggest global engineering organisations, who motivate a truly inspiring and productive atmosphere in the team. More information can be found on


This Studentship is open to all students. UK/EU students are eligible for a full award (fees plus stipend). Overseas students are eligible for a stipend and fees at Home/EU level. In exceptional circumstances, an Overseas student may be eligible for fees at the Overseas fee rate for the course.

Award Value

University tuition fees are covered at the level set for UK/EU students, as are Oxford College fees (c. £7,432 in total p.a.). The stipend (tax-free maintenance grant) is c. £14,553 p.a. for the first year, and at least this amount for a further two and a half years. 

Candidate Requirements

Prospective candidates will be judged according to how well they meet the following criteria:

  • A first class honours degree in engineering (mechanical, naval, aerospace, civil), materials science/engineering, physics or applied mathematics
  • Proven affinity to solid mechanics and materials engineering
  • Excellent English written and spoken communication skills

The following skills are desirable but not essential:

  • MSc in Computational Mechanics (Finite Element Method, element free)
  • Excellent computing skills and preferably some experience with computer aided design software and programming languages (C/C++, FORTRAN, Matlab)

Application Procedure

Informal enquiries are encouraged and should be addressed to Dr Antonio Pellegrino (

Candidates must submit a graduate application form and are expected to meet the graduate admissions criteria. Details are available on the course page of the University website.

Please quote 18ENGIN_01NP in all correspondence and in your graduate application.

Application deadline: noon on 19 January 2018

Start date: October 2018