PhD in Advanced Deployable Structures for Space Flight

University of Surrey

PhD 3.5 years Guildford, UK

Uploaded 17 May 2020

Job Description

The objective of this project is to produce a lightweight, stowable memory-material for deployment in vacuum (i.e. space) to form a general “rigid” composite structure. Once a general structure has been established, the project focus of the project will be the consideration of the option to use the structure as a platform for additional technology (e.g. chemical, electrical, thermal, communication). 

The area of high strain composites, especially as applied to flexible composite structures in deployable devices, has been of interest to the aerospace community over the last five years, or so. These structures are frequently used in antennas, or for deploying electronic devices. This means it is often necessary to embed conductors in them, bringing a range of manufacturing challenges. Using carbon fibres is a challenge because the fibres themselves are somewhat conductive, and can interfere with signals, although the benefits from a stiffness and dimensional stability point of view are considerable. 

Person Specification

First Class or an Upper Second in a Physical Science degree. IELTS: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each band.