Applications are invited for a PhD place in new generation corrosion-resistant aluminium alloy research at the School of Materials, The University of Manchester. The project aims to understand the complex interactions between alloy chemistry, processing, microstructure and performance. The alloy microstructure will be characterised by using advanced high resolution electron microscopy (Figure 1). The relationship between the fabrication process parameters and the microstructure of the alloys will be investigated. The assessment of performance will be based on correlative accelerated laboratory testing and electrochemical measurements. The newly developed X-ray and electron-based nanotomography will also be employed to spatially determine the microstructural features that are responsible for the initiation and propagation of alloy degradation (Figure 2).
This programme provides a unique opportunity to combine pioneering academic research with industrial experience. In addition to the access to state-of-the-art facilities, the student also has the opportunity to develop interdisciplinary skills and to work in a team environment involving leading academics and industrial experts. The industrial collaborators at Hydro in Norway and Germany will work closely with the student during the project and opportunities exist for gaining exposure to the industrial manufacturing environment. In addition to the standard EPSRC stipend, substantial extra maintenance is provided by the industrial sponsor.
The duration of this PhD is 3 years.
Candidates should have a relevant degree at 2:1 minimum or equivalent in materials science, physics, chemistry, or a related subject.