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Efficiency Enhancement of Class-A Foams by Means of Metal Oxide Nanoparticles for Self-Organising Swarms of Autonomous UAV, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
The Efficiency Enhancement of Class-A Foams by Means of Metal Oxide Nanoparticles for Self-Organising Swarms of Autonomous UAV project from Coventry University will be carried out within the AVAILab under the main supervision of Dr Mauro S. Innocente, with the collaboration of Dr Evangelos Gkanas, Prof Guillermo Rein and his Imperial HazeLab, and Jordi Vendrell from the Pau Costa Foundation.

Overview

The aim of this Efficiency Enhancement of Class-A Foams by Means of Metal Oxide Nanoparticles for Self-Organising Swarms of Autonomous UAV project from Coventry University is to design an efficient suppressant to be carried by autonomous firefighting UAVs. 

Nanoparticles will be incorporated into Class-A foams to further enhance their cooling and coating actions whilst potentially also having a catalytic effect. Nanoparticles will be synthesised, characterised and incorporated to the foam. The enhanced suppressant will then be tested, modelled and coupled with an existing model of self-organising swarms of UAVs for initial simulation-based tests. Field tests will be carried out later as a combined effort between the AVAILab (Coventry University), the Imperial HazeLab (Imperial College) and the Pau Costa Foundation (Spain).

Fire seasons are growing in length and severity around the world

The Forestry Commission predicts that destructive wildfires will increase in frequency and severity due to increased land-use pressure and climate change. Therefore, the development of more effective and safer means to fight their propagation is of utmost importance.

During the first few minutes of the start of a wildfire, there is a containment window. A swarm of self-organising Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) may be quickly deployed in any terrain to suppress the fire autonomously before the window closes –or at least minimise the damage afterwards– without risking human lives. A key challenge is the design of efficient and environmentally friendly materials that can be carried by UAVs. Class-A foams are used for cooling the fire while also coating the fuel to prevent its contact with oxygen and stop combustion, reducing the amount of water required for suppression.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      between 3 and 3.5 years

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Benefits
  • The research strategy is underpinned by a £250m investment in research and facilities
  • Dedicated Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability Development deliver high quality professional support for researchers, from PhD to Professor.
  • Free training: research career planning, managing your doctorate, research communication skills, research ethics, research impact, research integrity, research methods and research supervision.
  • Coventry is a member of the Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA), the largest multi-partner and only nationwide doctoral training initiative of its kind.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average. 
PLUS
  • The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within 3.5 years.

Additionally

  • A BEng/BSc/MEng/MSc in Chemical Engineering, Materials Science/Engineering, Physics, or another relevant discipline.
  • Expertise in material synthesis and characterisation.
  • Knowledge of nanomaterials.
  • Expertise in multi-physics modelling and simulation.
  • Experience of working using commercial multiphysics modelling package (e.g. COMSOL, ANSYS, Hyperworks, etc.).
  • Expertise in materials modelling would be an advantage.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Coventry

  • 656 - 1060 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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