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DTA - Development of Protective Coatings for Alloys Made by Additive Manufacturing


   Department of Materials

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  Dr Y Chen  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

We are looking for a PhD candidate to join the Department of Materials and Henry Royce Institute at the University of Manchester to develop protective coatings for high temperature alloys made by additive manufacturing (AM). AM, also called 3D printing, is a revolutionary technology that offers the capability of printing intricate, high-value added metallic parts that are very costly and time-consuming to make by conventional manufacturing technologies. However, many AM components must be coated if they are to be used in service to withstand high temperatures and aggressive environments. As yet, there has been very little coating development for AM alloys, let alone a thorough understanding on their performance and failure mechanisms. The aim of the PhD project is to bridge this critical gap and accelerate the applications of AM alloys. A combination of experiment and modelling approaches will be used for the project. You will use a variety of different cutting-edge research facilities in Manchester to make, test and characterise the coatings. The experimental studies will be complemented by computational modelling to develop mechanistic understanding of the structure-property relationships for the coatings and provide scientific guidance for optimising coating design. The project will involve close interactions with world leading industry partners in materials and coatings for aerospace. The research is expected to provide coating solutions for AM components and contribute to the realisation of Net Zero.

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, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Chemistry or related disciplines

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 3.5 years. 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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