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Adhesion of powders to metal surfaces during compaction

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, September 30, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Adhesion of powders to the surfaces of tooling used for compaction of pharmaceuticals, detergents, food, catalysts, ceramics, etc. is a severe manufacturing problem. The aim of this project is to develop a fundamental understanding of this long standing practical problem, which is commonly known in industry as “sticking”.

The project will examine a new hypotheses requiring fundamental research into adhesion of materials to surfaces. The methodology includes detailed analysis of the deformation, sliding and adhesion of particles in the vicinity of tool surfaces during the compression of powders together with careful experimentation to obtain material parameters (e.g. particle properties, including size, shape, elastic and plastic deformation, breakage, thermal properties, crystallinity and amorphous content, surface energy etc.) that evolve as a function of processing conditions.

Entry requirements

1st class honours degree or upper second class honours degree or equivalent in mechanical engineering, materials science, physics, or other relevant subjects. The project requires background in thermo-mechanical behaviour and surface science.

Please refer to webpage for the English Language entry requirements.

Informal enquiries

For informal enquiries please contact Prof. I.C. Sinka on

For application enquiries, please contact the Engineering PGR Administrator on .

How to apply

Please submit an Online application – by clicking here

Information on documents to submit with your Online application are outlined here

Funding Notes

Funding is available from the International Fine particle Research Institute View Website for a 3 year full time studentship covering tuition fees at home/ EU level of £4,327/annum and a stipend of £15,009/annum. International applicants are eligible, however, they need additional funding sources to cover the fee difference between home and international level.

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