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Ph.D. projects in Biological Mechanics

The following Ph.D. projects are currently available. For further information please contact the project supervisor.

With Professor T.J. Pedley, FRS:

This list is by no means exhaustive, please check the web pages of Professor Pedley for other research interests.

Projects with Professor T.J. Pedley (Room B1.36, Email:

(a) time-dependent flow in that two-dimensional model, leading to linear and weakly nonlinear analyses of the stability characteristics of the steady flows, and/or

(b) corresponding studies for initially axisymmetric tubes, mounted under both longitudinal and hoop tension.

In (b) the large Reynolds number theory will be again based on Smith (Mathematika, 23: 62--83, 1976) while the model for tube elasticity should be based on shell theory, as in the work of Heil (J. Fluids & Structures, 10: 173--196, 1996). In both (a) and (b) there is a lot of analytical work to be done before the problems become computational, but eventually robust codes for the numerical solution of the boundary layer equations will need to be used in each case.

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