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Mechanical Engineering MSc by Research


Course Description

With our close interaction with large companies such as Tata Steel and Ford, as well as small and medium-sized enterprises, Swansea University provides an excellent base for your research as a MSc by Research student in Mechanical Engineering.

Across the UK and overseas, there is or has been recent work at Swansea University with companies such as:

Astra-Zeneca
British Aerospace
Qinetiq
GKN
Rolls-Royce
SKF
Freeport
One Steel
Barrick Gold

Research within Engineering at Swansea University is multidisciplinary in nature, incorporating our strengths in research areas across the Engineering disciplines.

Computational mechanics forms the basis for the majority of the MSc by Research projects within this engineering discipline.

Links with industry

Mechanical Engineering at Swansea University has a close interaction with large companies such as Tata Steel and Ford, as well as small and medium-sized enterprises. Across the UK and overseas, there is or has been recent work with companies such as:

Astra-Zeneca
British Aerospace
Qinetiq
GKN
Rolls-Royce
SKF
Freeport
One Steel
Barrick Gold

Facilities

Our new home at the innovative Bay Campus provides some of the best university facilities in the UK, in an outstanding location.

Mechanical Engineering at Swansea University has extensive laboratory and computing facilities for both teaching and research purposes.

In the mechanical laboratories are two large rotating rigs. One is used to study the dynamics of high speed machinery whilst the other is devoted to the analysis of heat transfer in turbine blade.

Hardware includes a 450 cpu Cluster, high-end graphics workstations and high-speed network links. Extensive software packages include both in-house developed and 'off-the-shelf' commercial.

Research

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranks Engineering at Swansea as 10th in the UK for the combined score in research quality across the Engineering disciplines.

World-leading research

The REF shows that 94% of research produced by our academic staff is of World-Leading (4*) or Internationally Excellent (3*) quality. This has increased from 73% in the 2008 RAE.

Research pioneered at the College of Engineering harnesses the expertise of academic staff within the department. This ground-breaking multidisciplinary research informs our world-class teaching with several of our staff leaders in their fields.

Highlights of the Engineering results according to the General Engineering Unit of Assessment:

Research Environment at Swansea ranked 2nd in the UK
Research Impact ranked 10th in the UK
Research Power (3*/4* Equivalent staff) ranked 10th in the UK

Visit the Mechanical Engineering MSc by Research page on the Swansea University website for more details!

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Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Increasing the Value of CFD Data through Advanced Post-Processing Technique and Blood Damage Models Optimisation - Single Award

*This scholarship is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys. *MSc by Research Scholarship for UK or EU applicants in the field of Medical, Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering with a focus on computational modelling.Subject study:INCREASING THE VALUE OF CFD DATA THROUGH ADVANCED POST-PROCESSING TECHNIQUE AND BLOOD DAMAGE MODELS OPTIMISATION FOR ITERATIVE DESIGN IMPROVEMENT OF THE CALON CARDIO MINIVAD IMPLANTABLE HEART PUMP.Brief Summary of project:Calon Cardio manufactures the next generation implantable blood pump and associated control systems. It aims to make novel, smaller and lower cost heart assist pumps that minimises potential blood damage. Calon Cardio has already developed different numerical models via an ASTUTE project. The company needs to develop cutting edge post-processing techniques to better predict the hydraulic performance of its pump over varying operating speeds and pressure-flow characteristics. The work involves also optimising the current numerical blood damage models post-processing techniques to achieve better estimates of pumps' potential blood damage, in terms of red blood cells damage, platelet activation, white blood cells damage and von Willebrand Factor degradation. Further to this, part of the work will be focused on the optimisation of the existing numerical models for haemolysis estimate.The company wants to improve the current post processing techniques and to optimise the existing numerical models to better predict the pump performance in order to gain further understanding around the blade and rotor geometry design, as well as volute, diffuser, outlet pipe and the secondary flow.The MSc by Research student will build on this work to optimise current Calon Cardio numerical models and develop innovative post-processing techniques to better predict pump performance and blood damage caused by the pump. In vitro measurements will support the verification and validation of the optimised numerical models and the developed post-processing techniques for the project scope.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Stipend plus UK/EU tuition fees

Eligibility

Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their undergraduate degree in Medical/Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering or a related subject. Please visit our website for more information regarding eligibility criteria: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/medical-engineering-kess-msc-research-increasing-value-cfd-data.php

Application Procedure

Please visit our website for more information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Further Information

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/medical-engineering-kess-msc-research-increasing-value-cfd-data.php


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M2A Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Integrating Buildings as Power Stations into the World’s Most Sustainable House - Single Award

Applications are invited for an M2A (Materials & Manufacturing Academy) funded MSc by Research in Engineering.We are developing MI-PAD®, the most thermally-efficient and sustainable house the world has ever seen, that rethinks and reengineers every aspect of traditional home construction. It requires no footings or concrete and quite literally screws into the ground. The whole three-bedroomed house is delivered on four trucks and can be assembled on-site in just one day with 50 totally-unique features which challenge the construction status quo. It is perfect for hot or cold climates. Its innovative screw system means it also floats, which makes it ideal for flood-prone areas. It uses ten times less energy for heating and cooling than a standard house.The timing for the potential market for MI-PAD® fits with a growing and changing market for housing in the UK - there is a need for new lower cost construction methods, innovative building solutions with lower energy bills and the requirement for more housing.With advances in renewable energy the concept of off grid homes is becoming a reality giving rise to ‘buildings as power stations’. This concept utilises green energy to power and heat homes. However, the challenge for this is not only about how you generate energy but also how you store and release it at times where demand exists. The aim of this project will be to investigate the potential for the integration of ‘buildings as power stations’ technologies into the MI-PAD concept and prototypes. This will include the potential for:Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV)
Solar-thermal heat generation and storage
Electricity storage and release
Rainwater treatment and reuse
The successful candidate is expected to start their studentship in January 2017.The Athena SWAN Charter recognises work undertaken by institutions to advance gender equality. The College of Engineering is an Athena SWAN bronze award holder and is committed to addressing unequal gender representation.

Value of Scholarship(s)

UK/EU tuition fees, plus a generous tax free stipend of £12,500.

Eligibility

Candidates should hold an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree with a minimum classification level of 2:1 or equivalent relevant experience.The suitable candidate would have a background in systems/electrical engineering or equivalent background in integrating sustainable energy into construction. Please visit our website for more information on eligibility criteria.

Application Procedure

Please visit our website for more information: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/engineering-m2a-msc-research-integrating-buildings-power-stations.php

Further Information

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/engineering-m2a-msc-research-integrating-buildings-power-stations.php


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100 Swansea University Master's Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Swansea University is offering 100 Master’s Scholarships, each worth £3000 towards tuition fees for UK/EU students starting eligible master’s courses in September 2017.Eligible courses include:All LLM programmes (including LLM by Research)All MA programmes (including MA by Research)All MRes programmesAll MSc programmes (including MSc by Research)Please note that MPhil, GDL/CPE and LPC programmes are not eligible for the Swansea University Master’s Scholarship scheme.

Value of Scholarship(s)

3000

Eligibility

You must have, or expect to achieve, a minimum 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent).You must hold an offer to study on an eligible master’s course at Swansea University from September 2017. Programmes commencing in January, April and July 2017 are not eligible.

Application Procedure

Please visit our website for more details on how to apply.

Further Information

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/taught/swansea-masters-scholarships-2017.php



Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the MSc by Research Mechanical Engineering is a first or upper second class honours degree in Engineering or similar relevant discipline. English language requirement IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or Swansea University recognised equivalent.

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