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School of Engineering and Materials Science Research Studentships

PhD Studentship: Aston Martin F1 Racing Tyre Degradation Modelling

Supervisors: James BUSFIELD

Application Deadline: 31-05-2021

Project Details: To propose mathematical models derived rubber fatigue and fracture mechanics theories of typical the tyre tread compound, to describe the rubber graining patterns observed on F1 tyres as a function of mechanical input and temperature change. The aim being to extend life and increasing friction behaviour of the racing tyres. The work will have direct crossover to more traditional tyre design, where the aim would be to increase tyre life and to reduce tyre wear debris in the environment.

PhD Research Studentship Details

  • This is a full time programme only.
  • Applicant required to start in September 2021.
  • The studentship arrangement will cover tuition fees and provide an annual stipend for up to three and a half years (currently set for 2021/22 as £17,609).
  • 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.
  • If English is not your first language you will require a valid English certificate equivalent to IELTS 6.5+ overall with a minimum score of 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in all sections (Reading, Listening, Speaking).

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 ‘2021 SEMS JB F1’ to associate your application with this studentship opportunity.