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Cellular automaton to model rapid crystal growth and recrystallisation

   Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

  Dr A Roy, Dr K Baxevanakis  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Texture in materials plays a crucial role in metallic products. A thorough study of the underlying morphology and its evolution is relevant for producing cast parts of innovative technological products. The formation of grain boundaries during directional solidification of grains with different crystallographic orientations affect its deformation and mechanical response.

The cellular automaton (CA) method aims at modelling complex phenomena taking place at the scale of interest through the use of simple laws applied at a smaller scale. The goal is to predict the grain structure formed in large simulation domains. This scale-bridging is necessary as the development of the structure depends on phenomena taking place at large spatial distances all being influenced by time-dependent boundary conditions. Coupling of the CA method with a relevant crystal plasticity finite element (CPFE) method will allow for a physics-based computational framework with a unique capability to model crystal growth and recrystallization in a bio-compatible magnesium alloy.

The approach will be used to predict the mechanical response of meso-scaled components made of magnesium alloy including next-generation bio-compatible stents.


Primary supervisor: Professor Anish Roy

Secondary supervisor: Dr Konstantinos Baxevanakis

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

At least a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in mechanical engineering, materials engineering, aerospace engineering, civil engineering or a related subject. A relevant master's degree and/or experience in one or more of the following would be an advantage: mechanical engineering, product design, materials engineering, aerospace engineering, civil engineering or a related subject.

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

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How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name, select ‘Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering’. Please quote reference number: UF-AR-2022-2

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Funding Notes

UK fee - £4,596 full-time degree per annum
International fee - £25,100 full-time degree per annum
Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Fees are reviewed annually and are likely to increase to take into account inflationary pressures.
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