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Bulk ultrafine grained steels through solid-state 3D printing


   Institute for Frontier Materials

  ,  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The project will be carried out in collaboration with our industry partner MELD Manufacturing at the Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia (ifm.deakin.edu.au).

Achieving sub-micron grains in steels is usually confined to small volumes of materials of simple geometry subjected to severe thermomechanical processing. Here we aim to create potential for high strength ultrafine microstructures in large complex structures. Recently we have demonstrated that a new large-format solid-state metal additive manufacturing process, Additive Friction Stir Deposition (AFSD), can produce uniform ultrafine structures in bulk deposits of stainless steel. The project seeks to understand microstructure development in austenitic and duplex stainless steels produced by to AFSD and relate to mechanical and corrosion behaviour.


Funding Notes

DUE TO CURRENT TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS, CANDIDATES NEED TO BE DOMESTIC OR CURRENTLY RESIDENT IN AUSTRALIA.
Scholarship includes full tuition fees, use of equipment and facilities and a stipend of $AU28,600 (2021 rate) per annum tax exempt.
Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page for information on admission requirements to a HDR course at Deakin University (View Website).

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