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Fully Funded PhD Project on ‘‘Preventing erosion-corrosion loss of Ta-W spallation neutron source target material’’

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, February 25, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

This PhD project is sponsored by the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) and the successful applicant will be based at the Materials and Engineering Research Institute at Sheffield Hallam University. The student will work closely with the industrial partner throughout the project.

The Supervisory Team will consist of:
Director of Studies: Dr Buddhadev Jana
Supervisors: Dr Yashodhan Purandare, Prof. Papken Hovsepian, Dr Arghya Dey (RAL)

Project Description:
The ISIS Neutron and Muon Source research centre based at RAL uses Ta-W source (target) to produce neutron pulses for neutron scattering experiments. During its operation the target is water cooled which is circulated at a high velocity causing erosion-corrosion damage and leading to a premature failure of the target material.

Erosion-corrosion is a type of wear process involving progressive loss of material due to combined wastage of mechanical action and chemical reactions. Erosion-corrosion studies of Ta-W materials have not been reported before and understanding of its erosion-corrosion performance is very limited. RAL is looking for innovative ways to improve the life of the target, improved tribo-corrosion resistance being the principal one.

The project will consist:
i) Conducting erosion-corrosion laboratory tests with the help of an impinging jet erosion-corrosion apparatus.
ii) Analysis of experimental results to identify material loss mechanisms using advanced analytical techniques and equipment in
iii) Analytical modelling to formulate a model to predict erosion-corrosion loss of Ta-W materials in the ISIS target station conditions, with a special emphasis on deriving a failure criterion based on the damage accumulation and material removal mechanism.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Dr. Buddhadev Jana,

Funding Notes

The scholarship will cover the tuition fees (to Home/EU levels) and a Maintenance bursary at Research Council UK levels for three years of Full time study.

International applicants will be expected to contribute the difference between the Home/EU and International tuition fee levels.

The scholarship will commence in May 2019.


Our research environment
We provide a rich and vibrant research environment for our doctoral students. You will have access to the University's well-equipped research infrastructure, including dedicated workspaces, computing equipment, extensive library resources and multi-million pound laboratory and practice-related spaces.
Supervision is provided from world-leading and internationally-excellent academic staff who will develop your knowledge, understanding and skills, and share the techniques and professional networks cultivated through their own cutting-edge research. Pastoral support is also provided, alongside academic guidance.

Our recent REF results
According to the latest national Research Excellence Framework, our research programme is ranked in the top five of all UK modern universities. Overall, 65% of our research received the prestigious 4* and 3* rating as world-leading and internationally excellent.

How good is research at Sheffield Hallam University in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 31.20

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