Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST): PhD Studentship
Applications are invited for a PhD studentship for the project “Dispersion strengthened alloys for automotive engineering”. Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend (bursary) of £18602 (including London weighting) plus payment of their full-time home tuition fees.
The successful applicant will join the internationally recognised researchers in the Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST). Magnesium, as the lightest structural metal combined with superior damping capacity, has tremendous potential in achieving lightweighting in vehicles with improved noise, vibration and harshness performance. The automotive industry is aiming to increase Mg content significantly by 2030. To help realise this growth and to meet the stringent design and safety criteria for lightweighting, it is necessary to enhance the strength of existing cost-effective alloys significantly. The role of precipitation hardening in Mg alloys could be fulfilled by ex-situ phase particles, if they are dispersed within the Mg matrix rather than segregated at the grain boundaries. This PhD project aims to understand the particle pushing/trapping behaviour by the Mg solidification front. A wide range of alloys and selective particulates will be considered and this study. The project also investigates the criteria for the stability of nano-colloids and their solidification behaviour, which could help establish process maps suitable for manufacturing DSM alloys using practical casting processes. The doctoral researcher will be working closely with the industrial partner(s), which will provide additional experience.
Applicants will be required to demonstrate their understanding, skills and experience in key metallurgical principles, microstructure versus mechanical property relationship, and testing methods.
Please contact Professor Hari-Babu Nadendla at firstname.lastname@example.org for an informal discussion about the project.
Applicants will have or be expected to receive a first or upper-second class honours degree in Materials Science, Metallurgy or a similar discipline. A Postgraduate Masters degree is not required but may be an advantage.
Applicants should be highly motivated, able to work independently as well as in a team, collaborate with others and have effective communication skills.
How to apply
Please email your application documents (see list below) by 17:00 on 3rd of May 2022 to Professor Nadendla and the PGR Office at email@example.com Interviews will take place in May 2022.
- Your up-to-date CV;
- Your personal statement (300 to 500 words) summarising your background, skills and experience;
- Your Undergraduate/Postgraduate Masters degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
- Evidence of your English language skills to IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent, 6.0 in all sections), if appropriate;
- Contact details for TWO referees, one of which can be an academic member of staff in the College.
Remember to state the title of the project at the top of your personal statement.
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