PhD Studentship: Machine learning (ML)-assisted detection of micromechanical fracture in bioinspired composites

PhD Studentship:

Machine studying (ML)-assisted detection of micromechanical fracture in bioinspired composites

This collaborative analysis venture, carried out in partnership with the Nationwide Bodily Laboratory (NPL), focuses on revolutionising micromechanical fracture detection inside bioinspired composites by means of the modern use of machine studying strategies. These bioinspired composites exhibit outstanding mechanical properties with various industrial purposes. Nonetheless, guaranteeing their structural reliability necessitates exact detection and evaluation of cracks throughout micromechanical fracture toughness testing.

The intricate microstructure and heterogeneous traits of those composites pose distinctive challenges to automated crack detection. These challenges are additional compounded by the resource-intensive processes of information acquisition and labelling. This pioneering initiative goals to harness the ability of switch studying by adapting pre-trained deep studying fashions, initially designed for common picture evaluation, to the intricacies of crack detection inside bioinspired composites.

Our aims embody each technological development and sensible applicability.

We intention to:

  • Examine the effectiveness of switch studying in elevating the accuracy of crack detection throughout micromechanical fracture toughness testing in bioinspired composites.
  • Develop a strong switch studying framework that integrates pre-trained deep studying architectures and tailors them for exact crack detection inside these difficult supplies.
  • Determine optimum methods for fine-tuning pre-trained fashions, addressing the distinctive challenges of crack detection inside bioinspired composites.
  • Conduct complete evaluations to quantitatively measure the framework’s efficiency, using metrics akin to Intersection over Union (IoU) and F1 rating. A comparative evaluation towards conventional crack detection strategies will spotlight the prevalence of switch studying.
  • The potential impression of this analysis is substantial. Profitable implementation might considerably advance the sphere of supplies science and engineering by enabling extra correct and environment friendly assessments of fracture toughness and structural reliability in bioinspired composites. Furthermore, the switch studying framework developed right here might pave the best way for analogous developments in different supplies with complicated microstructures, amplifying its affect throughout various industries.


    Dr Yinglong He , Dr Tan Sui , Abdalrhaman Koko

    Entry necessities

    Open to any UK or worldwide self-funding candidates beginning in January 2024.

    Later begin dates are potential.

    You will want to satisfy the minimal entry necessities for our PhD programme .

    Go to our web site for a full candidate profile and listing of duties .

    Easy methods to apply

    Purposes needs to be submitted through the Engineering Supplies PhD programme web page .

    Instead of a analysis proposal it’s best to add a doc stating the title of the venture that you just want to apply for and the identify of the related supervisor.

    Software deadline: 13 October 2023


    Contact: Dr Yinglong He ([email protected] ).

    Ref: PGR-2324-005

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