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Formation of Intermetallics during Solidification of Aluminium Alloys

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

Project Description

Applications are invited for four full time PhD studentships BCAST at Brunel University London beginning 1st February 2018 or later, to be agreed at interview. BCAST is a speciality research institute focusing on solidification related research with an international reputation and is the host of the national centre of excellence in liquid metal engineering (the Future LiME Research Hub). Our research covers fundamental research, technological development and industrial applications in the field of solidification and materials processing. BCAST is well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for both solidification processing and materials characterisation.

You will study the formation of intermetallics in aluminium alloys as a function of processing conditions and alloy chemistry. The project aims to understand the nucleation of intermetallics during solidification of aluminium alloys and to develop practical approaches to refine such intermetallics. This project involves alloy preparation, solidification processing under various conditions and materials characterisation at different length scales.

Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of £16,553 plus payment of their full time home/EU tuition fees for a period of 48 months. Applicants must have been resident in the UK for 3 or more years, not wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education, to receive the studentship.

Funding Notes

Successful candidates are required to have a first degree at or equivalent to 2:1 or above in a suitable engineering discipline, e.g. materials science, chemistry, physics, etc. A Master’s level qualification is desirable but not essential. Experience in solidification processing of metallic materials, skills in microstructural characterisation using various microscopy techniques and a working knowledge of mechanical testing of metallic materials is an advantage. In addition, he/she should be highly motivated, able to work in a team and have good communication skills.

References

If you wish to apply, please email the following using the link:
• Your up-to-date CV;
• Your single A4 page, single-spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project;
• Your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
• Evidence of your English language capability to IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, if appropriate;
• Names and contact details for two academic referees

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