Mechanics and Advanced Materials

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 4 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 17 k / Year(s)  
191 place StudyQA ranking:4245 Duration:36 months

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The mission of the Institute is to develop, validate and verify reliable models alongside robust, accurate and efficient simulation tools to describe and understand complex non-linear systems, both natural and engineered, on a wide range of spatial and temporal scales, with an emphasis on advanced materials and structures.

In order to address this challenge, the vision of the world-class team of theoretical and computational mechanics researchers in the Institute is to, over the next 5 years:

* Develop novel approaches to model and simulate systems from the atomistic to the continuum level with a special emphasis on multiscale fracture, contact, friction and adhesion
* Consolidate the development of advanced discretisation techniques to tackle non-equilibrium problems involving moving discontinuities, singularities and strong topological changes (extended and generalized finite elements, meshless/meshfree methods, lattice and molecular dynamics)
* Construct solution algorithms capable of handling very large non-linear (eigenvalue) problems with controlled computational cost
* Focus on multi-phase, multi-scale and multi-field materials, in particular: (bio)composites, nano/micro-electronics materials
* Propose real-time and interactive simulation tools for computational steering and surgical simulation through e.g. model order reduction algorithms
* Study Nature to inspire the design of new materials and structures
* Investigate novel approaches to achieve predefined accuracy levels for highly non-linear problems
* Develop novel algorithms, sustainable and open-source software with professional developers to harness the soaring computing power available for massively parallel simulations to prepare for exascale computing (2017).


The main research areas include:

* Advanced Materials and Computational Mechanics

* Tribology and Contact Mechanics

* Aerospace Engineering

* Automotive Engineering

* Sustainable manufacturing

* Advanced manufacturing technologies

* Micro/nano manufacturing

* Intelligent and knowledge based systems

* Smart systems


Suitable for graduates in civil or mechanical engineering, physics or mathematics.


Cardiff University has committed to invest a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support Home and EU students who are planning to start an eligible full-time master programme.

The Scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.

For information on funding and scholarship opportunities available at Cardiff University please see our funding and scholarship search.



The School of Engineering is one of the leading engineering schools in the UK, and this has been borne out by independent assessments such as the UK Government's Research Assessment Exercise and various newspaper and magazine league tables. We are ranked in the top ten Engineering Schools in the UK for research, and our academic staff are internationally renowned for the quality of their research.

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