Study level

  • Master of Philosophy
  • Honours
  • Vacation research experience scheme


Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.

Research centre


Dr Vivien Challis
Senior Lecturer in Applied and Computational Mathematics
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Science
Professor Emilie Sauret
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Engineering


The finite element method (FEM) is by now a well-established and widely accepted approach for modelling the deformation of linearly elastic materials.

>In this project we will explore which FEM approach and constitutive laws may be applicable for modelling polymers, which have more deformation behaviour than a simple elastic material.

Our long-term goal is to be able to accurately model the deformation of polymer bioscaffolds fabricated with the novel melt-electrowriting (MEW) additive manufacturing process.

Research activities

In this project you will:

  • read recent research relevant to the FEM modelling of polymers
  • develop constitutive models and run FEM codes
  • compare your results with literature
  • write up your progress and regularly meet with your supervisory team.


An improved understanding of how to model polymer scaffolds with the finite element method.

Skills and experience

This project can be tailored to the interests and study level of the student. You'll need to have an interest in computational modelling of materials. Some background in numerical methods, scientific programming and/or solid mechanics is preferable.



Contact the supervisor for more information.