Additive manufacturing for next-generation hydraulic components
Supervisors: Dr Min Pan, Professor Andrew Plummer
An advantage of additive manufacturing is the ability to form complex geometries that are impossible to make by conventional methods. The fabrication of novel geometries enables greater product optimisation for a particular function. There are also benefits in terms of the environmental impact of component manufacture and a reduction of lead-time for component production or redesign. This project will investigate novel approaches for the design of lightweight, high performance hydraulic components for aerospace and other applications.
Safety systems for healthcare technologies
Supervisor: Dr Ioannis Georgilas
The number of autonomous systems in healthcare applications is increasing. Spanning from robotic surgery and exoskeletons, to intelligent medicine delivery, novel solutions are being proposed to tackle complex medical issues. The close proximity to vulnerable users means that these systems need to be extremely safe to operate. Within this context traditional safety paradigms lack the ability to ensure safety for modern systems. This project will look into the safety aspects of healthcare technologies proposing a new approach to system development and evaluation.
Hydraulic accumulator using a phase-change fluid
Supervisor: Dr Nigel Johnston
Hydraulic accumulators can be used as energy storage devices in hybrid vehicles and other machines, and provide a simple means of saving energy. However at present their energy density is low compared with batteries and other storage devices. The proposed project will be an investigation of accumulators containing fluid that changes phase between gas and liquid when the accumulator is charged and discharged. This has the potential to increase the energy density considerably.
Robotics and autonomous systems
Supervisors: Dr Pejman Iravani, Dr Alan Hunter
Various opportunities are available in the area of robotics
and autonomy, including:
- Computer vision and control of autonomous vehicles
- Development of touch sensitive skin materials for robots
- Intelligent power prosthetics and orthotics/exoskeletons.
- Sonar imaging and underwater robots
Vibration Isolation for Rotorcraft using Electrical Actuation
Supervisors: Dr Jon du Bois, Prof Andrew Plummer
The aim of the project is to investigate electrical alternatives to the hydraulic actuation used in the current Active Control of Structural Response vibration control systems in operation on Leonardo Helicopters. These systems use actuators in the struts between the rotor hub and the fuselage to cancel rotor induced vibration. The principal advantage sought is a reduction in power requirements, particularly for smaller aircraft where hydraulic systems can be impractical.