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Funded PhD on Artificial Turf Traction (Loughborough University and Labosport UK Ltd)

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  • Funded PhD on Artificial Turf Traction (Loughborough University and Labosport UK Ltd)

    PhD Studentship: Getting a Grip on Artificial Turf!

    This fully funded PhD studentship (UK/EU students) aims to develop a new approach to measuring the Traction Behaviour of Artificial/Hybrid Turf, supported by Labosport UK Ltd the global leading commercial sport surfaces test house.

    Currently mechanical testing of sport surface traction relies on technology developed in the 1980s and is unrepresentative of typical player movements. This project will develop a new approach to understanding the mechanisms of boot-surface traction via extensive experimental testing and associated mathematical modelling.

    The project extends several previous PhD programmes that have instrumented and developed rotational and linear laboratory-based traction equipment, but to date stopped short of measuring and modelling commercial footwear outsoles and studs across a range of artificial/hybrid turf surfaces. This work will also benefit from data mining the wealth of commercial laboratory and field-testing data held by the company. The project is expected to make a significant and novel scientific contribution to player-surface traction research and provide excellent employment opportunities to the researcher.

    The student will join the internationally recognised Sport Surfaces Research Group, with academics and researchers working across projects in sport surface safety and performance.

    Start date of studentship: by 1 July 2019

    Interview date: w/c 11 March 2019


    Academic supervisors: Dr Paul Fleming & Dr Steph Forrester
    Industrial supervisor: Dr Kathryn Severn, Labosport UK Ltd

    For full details regarding enquires and applications please see: