Phd research

After brief investigation of topology optimisation an its applications, it seems there is some synergy with 3D printing and the structure design of its components. I will look at how topology optimisation can be applied to this technology.

What is topology optimisation?

Topology optimisation sounds like a very advanced concept but it really isn’t, here’s a brief primer for anyone unfamiliar with the subject (Thank you Wikipedia!). That being said, although the concept behind topology optimisation is a simple one, achieving the desired results can be very complex!

"Cantilvr 3d etaopt gsf 050" by William Hunter - ToPy Google code page.. Licensed under GFDL via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cantilvr_3d_etaopt_gsf_050.png#/media/File:Cantilvr_3d_etaopt_gsf_050.png

“Cantilvr 3d etaopt gsf 050” by William Hunter – ToPy Google code page.. Licensed under GFDL via Wikimedia Commons

 

PhD focus change

After a lot of literature research around functionally graded materials and their medical applications, it has become apparent that a macro (as opposed to a micro) structure design methodology may give a wider benefit for component design. I have decided to refocus my research along the line of topology optimisation.

PhD officially underway

As of today my part-time PhD at The University of Sheffield is officially under way. The working title is “the use of functionally graded materials in bio-medical implants”, I’m sure the title will change numerous times as I get on with my literature research. As the idea of a PhD is to perform some genuinely unique and new research I’ll be keeping updates on my PhD few and far between, I’d much rather all of my research be disseminated in the classical way rather than through this website.

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