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School of Engineering and Materials Science Research Studentships

EPSRC iCASE #studentship in Modelling of elastomer composites operating in extreme conditions

Supervisors: James BUSFIELD

Application Deadline: 30-04-2021

 EPSRC iCASE #studentship in Modelling of elastomer composites operating in extreme conditions

This is a collaboration between #Schlumberger and #QMUL to develop predictive lifetime models for elastomer composites used in geothermal drilling operations. The successful applicant will have an annual £20,000 stipend for 4 years.

Advanced drilling involves the deployment of sophisticated technologies capable of surviving extreme conditions. All the materials and in particular the elastomer composites are pushed to their physical limits. Improving their performance and life requires a precise understanding of their physical and mechanical behaviour during operation. Innovative solutions will translate these changes into constitutive models used to perform numerical simulations.

During this study, the numerical and modelling work will take place in the highly experienced QMUL Soft Matter Group. This group offers outstanding cross industry expertise in polymer and elastomer materials. The materials behaviour and the validation of the modelling will be performed both at QMUL and in Schlumberger’s state of the art analytical and mechanical characterisation research facility in Cambridge. The candidate will acquire unique knowledge, characterisation and modelling skills allowing them to work in a very wide range of innovation technologies around the world. 

The applicant must be a UK national with chemistry, chemical engineering, engineering or materials science background. The project will comprise of experimental studies at QMUL (supervised by Prof James Busfield) and at Schlumberger Cambridge Research facility (supervised by Dr Julien Ramier).

EPSRC Research Studentship Details

To be eligible for a full award (stipend and fees) applicants must have: 

  • Full Time programme only
  • Applicant required to start: 20 September 2021
  • The studentship arrangement will cover tuition fees and provide an annual stipend for up to four years (Currently set as £20,000 for 2020/21).
  • The minimum requirement for this studentship opportunity is a good Honours degree (minimum 2(i) honours or equivalent) or MSc/MRes in a relevant discipline.

Supervisor Contact Details:

For informal enquiries about this position, please contact Prof James Busfield

Tel: 020 7882 8866


Application Method:

To apply for this studentship and for entry on to the Materials Science programme (Full Time) please follow the instructions detailed on the following webpage:

Research degrees in Materials:

Further Guidance:

Please be sure to include a reference to ‘2020 SEMS EPSRC CASE2 JJCB’ to associate your application with this studentship opportunity.