Electron beam technology is a unique technology that enables joining dissimilar and otherwise hard to weld metals with very precise and clean welds while minimizing the heating of the material outside the working area.
In recent years, the use of this technology in additive manufacturing has become an exciting opportunity as this would reduce the operational cost of the technology and improve its versatility and performance.
A current shortcoming of the technology is the short lifetime of conventional thermionic electron sources and their slow thermal response. In this project, you will investigate (experimentally and/or computationally) the use of a plasma cathode instead of thermionic emission as a source of electrons to overcome these limitations. As such, the project lays at the interphase of electrical engineering, particle physics, plasma diagnostics and scientific computing.
Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF, 2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.
In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.
Find out more: https://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/research-degrees/student-support/
Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant engineering or science discipline. An appetite and aptitude for interdisciplinary research is essential, as well as good communication and experimental or computational skills. Multi-disciplinary training will be provided. A relevant master's degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: plasma physics, power electronics, electrical engineering, computational physics.
English language requirements
Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the international website: https://www.lboro.ac.uk/international/apply/english-language-requirements/
How to apply
All applications should be made online. Under school/department name, select 'Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing'. Please quote reference FI2-UF-2020.
The deadline for applications is 30 September 2020.