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  • Writer's pictureOmran Aburayya

Several Fully Funded PhD Scholarships in Engineering at University of Edinburgh, Scotland

University of Edinburgh

Attention Master's Graduates: Fully Funded PhD scholarships Available!

University of Edinburgh in Scotland is currently accepting online applications for numerous fully funded PhD positions mainly in Mechanical and Chemical Engineering and their derivatives.

If you hold a master's degree in mechanical or chemical engineering and are seeking a fully funded PhD scholarship for international students' opportunity, don't miss this chance! Visit the university's online application portal to explore available programs and submit your application as soon as possible. Below a summary of available positions with link for application & further detailed info for each one.


Project Description:

This project aims to discover highly selective membranes for (waste)water treatment by elucidating the mechanisms governing aqueous SNC sorption and transport using molecular dynamics (MD) simulation and free energy calculations. The project will focus on boric acid (BA) and NDMA (shown in Fig. 2a), two ubiquitous and toxic SNCs.

Application Deadline: June 12, 2024


Project Description:

The project will investigate power electronic architectures for the next generation of off-shore wind turbines. Research will address medium term challenges of exploiting of the completely different characteristics of SiC-MOSFET (compared to silicon IGBT) on choice of wind-turbine converter topology and connection voltage with the target of the most /total cost optimised solution in ac-connected offshore wind turbines. Specific challenges such as high dv/dt values and increased levels of radiated EMI that arise when using wide-bandgap semiconductors will be investigated, and solutions developed and experimentally tested. This project will involve a substantial amount of experimentation suing the high-voltage and high-current test facilities at Edinburgh.

Application Deadline: September 18, 2024


Project Description:

This project aims to develop and combine mechanical and rheological testing methodologies that will characterize texture rapidly and reliably, in real time, during the manufacturing and storage period. The experimental program will be complemented by state-of-the-art artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) methodologies in order to correlate improved texture with optimized manufacturing and storage processes.

The ideal candidate will combine strong experimental and computational skills, an interest in food science and engineering, mechanics, rheology and numerical methods/software (e.g., MATLAB, Python).

Application Deadline: January 18, 2025


Project Description:

This project will explore new methods to construct a water retention curve for hydrophobic granular soils by combining experimental observations of the water phase in the material with numerical simulations of the resulting water pressure. This will be the first investigation of its kind to relate the water pressures in the soil to what is present in situ directly. The outcomes from this project will contribute to novel geotechnical engineering solutions but also to agricultural practices, where hydrophobic granular soils threaten and prevent crop growth.

Application Deadline: December 1, 2024


Project Description:

The underlying theme of this PhD project is to study the rich interplay between fluid flow dynamics, surface chemistry, geometry, roughness, and solid elasticity in the context of wetting phenomena. Depending on the interests of the student, they can focus on modelling or combine modelling and experiments to develop engineering design principles for structured surfaces with superwettability properties. We will consider both model surfaces with regular patterns (e.g., posts, holes) and non-ideal, industrially relevant substrates (e.g., complex fibres, meshes). This project will also involve collaborations with our international experimental and industrial partners, Dr.-Ing. Hutomo Suryo Wasisto (Infineon Technologies AG, Germany) and Prof. Kuwat Triyana (Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia), to explore how these design principles can be exploited for applications in microelectromechanical system (MEMS) and sensor technologies.

Application Deadline: January 16, 2025


Project Description:

The main aims of the project are to: investigate the use of Multi-Layer Perceptron (MLP) models to predict the ballistic response of multi-layered armour systems, comprising a diverse range of materials, to a range of ballistic impacts; and to understand the use of Generative Adversarial Networks (GAN) to supplement sparse ballistic datasets and attempt to reverse this method to predict key design parameters for armour systems.

Application Deadline: June 30, 2024


Project Description:

Join the frontier of zero emission transport with a PhD opportunity focused on advancing the decarbonisation of large-scale transport, particularly electric aircraft. Highly efficient and power-dense electric machines are paramount in this endeavor, and superconducting electric machines stand out as a promising solution. With efficiencies exceeding 99% and power densities surpassing 20 kW/kg, superconducting electric machines hold the potential to revolutionise long-haul electric aviation.

Application Deadline: June 15, 2024


Project Description:

This project will consider a range of algorithmic and machine learning technologies including: low rank models and/or auto-encoder type architectures to identify low dimensional data representations; physics-informed and physics aware neural networks that ensure the machine learning solutions adhere to necessary physics within the sensing problem; machine learning solutions targeted reducing computation or processing time; robustness to noise, outliers and adversarial attacks; and Bayesian and variational architectures that can provide uncertainty quantification.

Application Deadline: February 28, 2025


Project Description:

This project will develop visible-light driven photocatalysts with suitable band levels to facilitate sunlight absorbtion and create separated electrons and holes for redox reactions, particularly the photocatalytic coupling of benzyl alcohol to C-C coupling compounds with non-toxic and high selectivity catalytic process. In addition, it is important to improve the student the experimental skill, materials characterization skill and data analysis skill.

Application Deadline: April 30, 2025


Project Description:

This PhD position focuses on sophisticated experimental measurements that resolve the fundamental fluid dynamics that govern the primary breakup processes at liquid/gas interfaces at the core of an atomizing spray. Visualization of the liquid core will be performed using (1) Ballistic Imaging and (2) Two-Photon Laser Induced Fluorescence imaging. These diagnostics will be combined with wavelet-based optical flow to spatially resolve the velocity and acceleration along liquid/gas interfaces from successive image frames. These methods are currently being developed in phase 1 of this project. We will apply these diagnostics to a variety of transparent nozzles ranging from enlarged nozzles specially designed to isolate turbulence, shear, and cavitation, as well as real-size transparent nozzles (100’s of microns). Passive imaging methods will be used to visualize events inside the nozzle to correlate the breakup fluid mechanics with the breakup genesis inside the nozzle. These studies are intended for a wide range of spray applications (e.g., agricultural, medical, spray draying, combustion).

Application Deadline: February 5, 2025


Project Description:

This project aims to develop a fully instrumented 4D printed multifunctional composite actuator with improved loading capacity able to tailor its deformation autonomously. The actuator will be part of a close-loop control framework including: (i) a 3D printed embedded sensors, (ii) an electro-thermal 3D printed multifunctional composite actuator, and (iii) an integrated controller. We hypothesise that a novel hybrid actuator based on polymer/ unidirectional fibre composites layers will have superior load-carrying capacity at room temperature, while providing the necessary compliance when increasing the temperature during actuation.

Application Deadline: September 14, 2024



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