Ciência sem Fronteiras (Science Without Borders)

Ciência sem Fronteiras (Science Without Borders)
DCU PhD Project Template:
**Please use one form per project**
Please complete & submit to your Head of School by Monday 16th July
PI name & contact details:
Dr. Bryan Mac Donald
E: [email protected] t:+353-1-700846
Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Research Centre / group affiliation:
MEDeng Centre
Research group / centre website:
PI website / link to CV:
Brief summary of PI research / research group / centre activity (2 or 3 lines max):
The MEDeng centre develops new knowledge in biomaterials science; experimental, theoretical and
computational mechanics; and bio-manufacturing processes. Our work is directed towards the
development of improved medical devices and implants.
Title & brief description of PhD project (suitable for publication on web):
“Development of Intelligent Finite Element Software Using Java”
The objective of this project is to produce a cross-platform finite element software that has inherent
intelligence. The purpose of this software is to streamline the finite element analysis process by
making the software more intuitive. Current software available for finite element analysis is
platform dependant and has been built in an ad-hoc manner since the 1970’s. A totally new
approach to this software is now required in order to increase productivity and allow for up-skilling
of analysts. This project would suit a candidate with an interest in computer programming, finite
element analysis and computer aided design.
Unique selling points of PhD project in DCU:
DCU projects should offer something that’s not available in Brazil – specific equipment, multi-disciplinarity,
aspects of structured programme, links with industry, placements, links with other research groups etc.
The PI is an internationally recognised expert in teaching of finite element techniques and has
published two critically acclaimed textbooks to introduce novices to the area. This project will also
draw on expertise from DCU’s school of computing which is internationally renowned for innovation
and world class research.
Name & contact details for project queries, if different from PI named above:
Please indicate the graduates of which disciplines that should apply:
Mechanical Engineering
Ciência sem Fronteiras / Science Without Borders Priority Area:
Please indicate the specific programme priority area under which the proposed PhD project fits- choose only
one (tick box):
Engineering and other technological areas
Pure and Natural Sciences (e.g. mathematics, physics, chemistry)
Health and Biomedical Sciences
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)
Oil, Gas and Coal
Renewable Energy
Nanotechnology and New Materials
Technology of prevention and remediation of natural disasters
Biodiversity and Bioprospection
Marine Sciences
Creative Industry
New technologies in constructive engineering
Please complete