Applications are invited from graduates with a first class, or upper second-class degree in an appropriate discipline such as, materials science and engineering, physics or mechanical engineering for a PhD project on the discovery, additive processing, and characterisation of reactive structures.
Alloy-by-design and electronic design of alloys calculations will be used to identify the alloy combinations (based on a limited list of candidate transition metal elements) that will deliver the required structural mechanical characteristics for reactive structures, as well as a specific level of energetic characteristics that can allow the dual use of the material as a reactive material structure in a shock or impact-induced reaction scenario. The proposed approach is high throughput and ideal for multi-component alloy design to meet certain characteristics (structural, density, and reactivity). The thermodynamic compatibility of different alloy formulations will be used to assess the likely mechanical properties that can be obtained. Samples of the identified systems will be fabricated using additive manufacturing and powder processing technologies to assess the feasibility of scaling up the identified systems.
This PhD project is sponsored by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) through an industrial case award provided by EPSRC. Due to the funding restrictions, only UK citizens are eligible to apply.
The student will be based in the advanced materials and processing laboratory, University of Birmingham.