PhD Studentship: Traction Behaviour of Artificial Turf: investigating and developing better understanding of the mechanisms of boot-surface traction

Loughborough University

Posted 3 years ago

Reference number: ABCE18/PF3
PhD start date: 1 January 2019

Advert closing date: 11 November 2018
Interview date: w/c 19 November 2018

Academic supervisors: Dr Paul Fleming & Dr Steph Forrester
Industrial supervisor: Dr Kathryn Severn, Labosport UK Ltd.
Project Detail: Applications are invited for a PhD studentship on the traction behaviour of artificial turf, supported by Labosport UK Ltd, the global leading commercial sport surfaces test house.

Current industry standard mechanical testing of sport surface (player) traction relies on simple technology developed in the 1980s, unrepresentative of typical player movements. This PhD aims to investigate and develop better understanding of the mechanisms of boot-surface traction, via extensive testing, enhancement of current LU testing methods, and development of a simple mathematical model.

The project builds on and 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 on a range of artificial turf surfaces. This work will build on the wealth of commercial lab and field testing data held by the company, make a significant and novel scientific contribution to player-surface traction research, and provide excellent employment opportunities to the successful researcher.

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

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