Biohavior

Website Queen's University Belfast

This PhD aims to determine how to maintain and deploy analysis representations of the design during development, returning information that informs design development.

This PhD will aim to develop novel simulation methods which can be used to inform design decisions within a revolutionary Bio-inspired design system (Biohaviour). The successful applicant will join an existing team of researchers and academics who are carrying out ground-breaking research to transform how we perform engineering design. We seek to observe nature and codify some of the key rules which allow it to solve complex multi-disciplinary challenges. Simulation will play a vital role in replicating the environment and determining its effect on the product in-development. Doing so rapidly is crucial to ensure a feasible design lifecycle duration.

Biohaviour (biohaviour.com) has already made great strides in codifying development rules observed in nature. This has allowed the creation of a novel design platform which fundamentally transforms the role of the designer. Rather than beginning with a pre-defined notion of how the product should look, the designer defines the available building blocks (the genes), the environment (loads, requirements, boundary conditions etc.) and the goal, and development commences autonomously.
However, the complex and amazing solutions we see around us in the natural world, have come about through ages of evolution. Contrastingly, successful product designs are often needed in days or weeks. This is where simulation comes in. By adopting rapid and efficient simulation approaches, it is proposed that performance can be assessed during development, allowing subsequent development decisions to be better informed.
This PhD aims to determine how to maintain and deploy analysis representations of the design during development, returning information that informs design development. Initial focus will be on structural simulation, with a view to the methods becoming more generally applicable e.g. thermal, fluid etc.

The proposed objectives are:
-Investigate structural simulation technologies, particularly those which are suitable for early design stages and computationally efficient.
-Determine how analysis representations can be categorised in line with the genotypes present in the Biohaviour design system.
-Develop methods to rapidly generate and update the analysis model to reflect the design during development.
-Demonstrate the developed methods on suitable design test cases.

To apply for this job please visit dap.qub.ac.uk.