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DTA - Development of new generation high-performance aluminium alloys


   Department of Materials

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

About the Project

Applications are invited for a PhD place in high-performance aluminium alloy research at the Department of Materials, The University of Manchester.

 High-performance aluminium alloys are widely used in aerospace and automotive applications. To ensure safe and economic performance of the alloys throughout the service life of the systems requires a thorough understanding of the corrosion behavior of the alloys under demanding service conditions. The project aims to understand the complex interactions between alloy chemistry, processing, microstructure and corrosion properties. The alloy microstructure will be characterized 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 determine in 3D the microstructural features that are responsible for the initiation and propagation of localized corrosion in the alloys.

 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 (a world leading aluminium company) 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.

 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.

Applicants should have or expect to achieve at least a 2.1 honours degree in materials science/engineering, metallurgy, physics, chemistry, or a related subject.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact [Email Address Removed]

Equality, diversity and inclusion is fundamental to the success of The University of Manchester, and is at the heart of all of our activities. We know that diversity strengthens our research community, leading to enhanced research creativity, productivity and quality, and societal and economic impact. We actively encourage applicants from diverse career paths and backgrounds and from all sections of the community, regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation and transgender status.

 We also support applications from those returning from a career break or other roles. We consider offering flexible study arrangements (including part-time: 50%, 60% or 80%, depending on the project/funder). 


Funding Notes

UKRI funded project. UK fees and stipend paid at current UKRI rate. For reference, stipend rate for academic year 22/23 is £17,668. Some fee waivers may be available for exceptional international candidates.
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