Biohavior

Website Queen's University Belfast

The aim of this PhD is to determine the most effective geometric modelling approach for Biohaviour and to provide a useable prototype capability to the project.

We are seeking an enthusiastic person to join the Biohaviour (biohaviour.com) team. Current CAD systems are not optimised for generative design processes, such as the bioinspired design systems being investigated in Biohaviour. This project will investigate what geometric modelling approaches are best suited to use in Biohaviour to represent the designs which emerge, how the parameters being defined by the design system are reflected in the model, and how the parameters are able to control the geometric model of the design that is created. An assessment will also be made of the suitability of the methods for 3D printing. A working prototype system will be developed to link with the existing Biohaviour research.

Biohaviour is a bioinspired integrated design and manufacturing system created and developed in QUB. It aims to observe the rules nature uses when designing the world around us, and to capture these in a system where they can be applied to engineering design problems. It is envisaged that by doing so it will be possible to design and manufacture innovative products, free from the constraints imposed on the designs of today by existing design processes.

This PhD will play an important role in the overall project, determining how best to represent the geometric description of the design within the Biohaviour Design System. This will involve assessing the different potential geometric modelling methods and to select the most promising approach to construct a geometry kernel for the Biohaviour project. The second step will be to identify how the geometric description can be integrated with the advanced manufacturing approaches which Biohaviour aims to exploit (e.g. 3D printing).

In this PhD project the appropriateness of a range of different geometric modelling approaches (e.g. digital geometry, level sets) will be evaluated for this application, along with tests on the different methods of parametrisation that can be applied to each. The most appropriate approach will be implemented in a prototype framework where it will be controlled via the bioinspired rules being researched by other members of the team.

Aims and Objectives:
The aim is to determine the most effective geometric modelling approach for Biohaviour and to provide a useable prototype capability to the project.

The objectives are to:
– Identify the different geometric modelling approaches that are available and suited to generative design
– Identify the different parameterisation strategies that can be used with each geometric modelling approach
– Evaluate the different geometric modelling approaches in terms of their ability to be adapted as part of a bioinspired design system
– Evaluate the different geometric modelling approaches in terms of their ability to be manufactured using innovative manufacturing approaches
– Prepare a prototype geometric modelling environment for use in biohaviour

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