UCL MechEng develops droplet tracking robot helping to discover how Covid spreads
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The marine environment is particularly challenging as structures and systems are constantly moving and exposed to large and varying external forces. This can lead to any device with moving parts and reconfigurability being very heavy. An alternative is to use novel concepts such as compliant materials and techniques from the fields of soft robotics and architecture in place of conventional actuators and rigid bodies. There is flexibility in the research area, depending on discussion with the supervisors, but the main interest is in launch and recovery systems. These generally consist of; inboard handling systems; an ocean interface such as a crane, davit or ramp; some outboard device to interface with the smaller craft.
This research would focus on design and simulation of large devices with a hybrid structure including a soft skin, rigid and semi-rigid components and pneumatic / fluidic actuators, to explore the viability and scalability of the concept with regards to strength and weight and the adaptability of resulting devices to multiple types of offboard vehicles.
UK nationals or EU passport holders with settled status or pre-settled status with 3 years residency in UK/EEA/Gibraltar/Switzerland.