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DTA - Development of new generation corrosion-resistant aluminium alloys

   Department of Materials

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  Prof X Zhou, Prof P Withers  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD place in new generation corrosion-resistant aluminium alloy research at the Department of Materials, The University of Manchester.

Advanced aluminium alloys have a key role in the aerospace and automotive industries for structural components. This project is concerned with development of high strength aluminium alloys designed to provide better performance compared with existing alloys. The properties of this alloy depend on careful control of the microstructure, in particular the second phase particles and recrystallization. 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. 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.

This project 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 over 10 PhD students and researchers, leading academics and industrial experts. The group runs regular seminars and social events in addition to those provided through the Centre for Doctoral Training The industrial collaborators will work closely with the student during the project and opportunities exist for gaining exposure to the industrial manufacturing environment in Europe and the US.

Academic background of candidates

Applicants should have or expect to achieve a 2.1 or 1st class degree in materials science/engineering, metallurgy, physics, chemistry.

At the University of Manchester, we pride ourselves on our commitment to fairness, inclusion and respect in everything we do. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and identities, and encourage you to bring your whole self to work and study. We will ensure that your application is given full consideration without regard to your race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, age, marital or pregnancy status, or socioeconomic background. All PhD places will be awarded on the basis of merit.

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Funding Notes

This is a 3.5 year EPSRC DTA CASE studentship with Novelis. Funding will cover UK tuition fee and stipend only (£15,609 plus £3,500 per year top-up in 2021-22). The University of Manchester aims to support the most outstanding applicants from outside the UK. We are able to offer a limited number of scholarships that will enable full studentships to be awarded to international applicants. These full studentships will only be awarded to exceptional quality candidates, due to the competitive nature of this scheme.
Start date: September 2022
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