Research ( full-time, part-time)
January, April 2019, September
MPhil: Full-time, from 1 to 3 years. Part-time, from 2 to 4 years.
PhD via progression from MPhil, including that period: Full-time, from 2 to 5 years. Part-time, from 3 to 6 years.
PhD: Full-time, from 2 to 5 years. Part-time, from 3 to 6 years.
Our PhD Mechanical Engineering course is supervised by our Engineering Analysis, Simulation and Tribology (EAST) research group. EAST embraces the core disciplines of thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, and heat transfer.
Our research is focussed on the modelling of renewable energy bio-mass gasification, algae, solar evaporation systems, the tribological life-cycle (wear and scuffing) analysis, boundary lubrication "clean technology" aspects of internal combustion (IC) engines. Our fluid flow and convective heat transfer research is being conducted on the theory of convection in tube bundle cross flow optimisation and jet-flows. The theoretical research concentrates on CFD and finite element (FE) studies (simulation tools).
Our current projects include:
We also carry out research in a three-phase slurry flow optimisation.
Much of the research within EAST focuses on the study of nonlinear problems as applied to mechanical energy absorbers, from localised shell and panel buckling to simplified models with modified material cards. Significant advances using HYPERWORKS, LS-DYNA 3D, ANSYS and PAMCRASH have been made in modelling the folding of vehicle structure and impact barriers during crash tests. Research into design and testing of passive and active energy absorbers for earthquake damping and roadside pedestrian protection systems are the core activities of this sub-area.
You’ll be supervised by experts who’ve been working in this area of research for the past 12 years with an extensive publication track record. There is a wealth of knowledge and archive data within the group and our members also have direct access to industrial collaborators in the field. Current collaborators include The Ford Motor Company, Cellbond Composites, Anotronic Ltd and Rolls Royce. We also collaborate with a number of overseas universities.
Prof Hassan Shirvani - engineering design and simulation, structural and conjugate flow studies
Dr Mehrdad Asadi - Applied dynamics and finite element implementation in crash analysis, high performance energy absorbers, metal composites failure mechanisms, connection failure models in carbon fibres under high-frequency loading, fatigue analysis in carbon fibre skins, formula 1 applications
Dr Rajshree Hillstrom - Application of engineering solutions to medical problems
Dr Ahad Ramezanpour - Applied fluid mechanics and thermal engineering, Applied computational fluid dynamics, Analytical thermodynamics, Heat exchangers and Heat recovery systems, Energy efficiency and performance of buildings, Water saving products, Design Optimisation
The Faculty of Science & Engineering is one of the largest of the four faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full-time or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.
Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.
Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.
Initial registration: £1100
Full registration: £3500
Anglia Ruskin's academic excellence was recognised in 2014, as part of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), an exercise which assesses the quality of academic research. Twelve areas of our work were classed as generating world-leading research. The results showed that we're making a significant impact on economies, societies, the environment and culture in all corners of the globe.
We are in close collaboration with industrial partners and some of our members have been recruited by sponsoring companies.
If you're interested in finding out more about research study opportunities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
MPhil: You’ll need a Bachelor degree or equivalent with first or upper second class honours, in a related subject area.
PhD: You’ll need a Master degree or equivalent in a related subject area.
Please note we consider most candidates for PhD with progression from MPhil. If you want to apply for direct entry to the PhD route, you’ll also need to provide academic justification for this with your application.
If English is not your first language, you'll require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent test). If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.
It's possible that research in this area will need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate. If we make you an offer to study with us we'll also give you the information you need to apply to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for your ATAS certificate. Receiving the ATAS certificate takes approximately four weeks.
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