European industrial doctorate for efficient multidisciplinary design Optimisation of Multifunctional Aerospace Composite Structures
Modern aeronautical structures, increasingly being made of composite materials, provides a challenge to the structural designer in terms of design optimisation that takes into account all operational constraints (i.e. reliability, stability, strength, weight, noise, manufacturability and cost).
There is a need to:
- Develop, deliver and implement novel, accurate and efficient structural Multidisciplinary Design Optimisation (MDO) tools
- Nurture and train the next generation of MDO research professionals.
The OptiMACS team is:
- Inter-sectoral drawing from both academia and industry with all Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) spending at least 50% of their time at one of the industrial beneficiaries
- Multi-disciplinary combining expertise from mechanical, aerospace, manufacturing and software engineering, as well as from the area of applied mathematics
Meet the ESRs
The two pillars of OptiMACS are:
- Research- OptiMACS will focus on improving the accuracy and efficiency of the MDO platform currently employed by AIRBUS
- Training- OptiMACS ESRs will be given opportunities to develop transferrable skills alongside their research expertise