• Paloma Rodriguez

  • Theme:Propulsion Electrification
  • Project:Structural batteries mechanical resilience
  • Supervisor: Andrew Rhead , Alex Lunt
  • Industry Partner: GKN
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  • Research journey


Paloma recently graduated from the University of Bath in 2020 with a first-class MEng (hons) in Mechanical Engineering. As part of her degree, she undertook a year-long placement at JCB, which consisted of three distinct four-month placements in different company departments. This allowed her to gain a broad insight into manufacturing, design techniques and processes required for large scale production. During her degree, she also became involved with Bath’s ICE Formula Student Team, Team Bath Racing, by helping with composite part manufacturing in her first year. In her third year, Paloma designed various chassis components, including roll-over and crash protection and chassis aerodynamic optimisation. In her final year, Paloma was elected Chassis lead for the 2020 season, with her final year project focusing on composite manufacture and optimisation of insert design and location strategy in composite sandwich panels.


  • My favourite crumpet topping is ham and cream cheese (with avocado and a poached egg a close second)
  • I aspire to be outnumbered 100:1 by houseplants
  • I have pretty much no sense of smell
  • The only bones I have ever broken are toes and teeth
  • I've taught my ex-racehorse Archie to smile, and its actually quite creepy

Structural Batteries: Micromechanical scale - Mechanical resilience

Paloma's PhD will investigate the multifunctional performance of structural batteries. The PhD will focus on the use of synchrotron techniques to measure fibre scale mechanical properties of both anodes and cathodes during charge cycling, accumulation of microscale damage and understanding of ion intercalation patterns within the anode. Paloma will progress to understand similar properties under axial fatigue loading.

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