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Joint PhD with RWTh Aachen: Plasticity induced magnetisation losses in energy conversion processes


Project Description

Application: Electro-mechanical energy conversions processes related to electromobility and conventional energy generation/conversion

Problem: Cutting of metallic sheets causes defects, which enhance magnetisation hysteresis and energy conversion losses.

Approach: Atomistic simulations of magnetic domain dynamics in a lattice with defects (dislocation and interface)

Goal: Identify mechanisms of loses to develop mechanism-based materials design approach to increase conversion efficiency

Key references: N. Leuning, S. Steentjes, A. Stöcker, R. Kawalla, X. Wei, J. Dierdorf, G. Hirt, S. Roggenbuck, S. Korte-Kerzel, H.A. Weiss, W. Volk, K. Hameyer, Impact of the interaction of material production and mechanical processing on the magnetic properties of non-oriented electrical steel, AIP Advances 8(4) (2018)

I.-C. Choi, C. Brandl, R. Schwaiger, Thermally activated dislocation plasticity in body-centered cubic chromium studied by high-temperature nanoindentation, Acta Materialia 140 (2017) 107-115.

Prerequisites: Master’s degree in materials science & engineering, physics, mechanical engineering, or closely related fields

If successful, the PhD candidate will be enrolled at both the University of Melbourne and RWTH Aachen. The candidate will be co-supervised by supervisors at both institutions, will be based at the University of Melbourne and will spend at least twelve months at RWTH Aachen.

Funding Notes

The application process is competitive, and the applicant will need to meet the entry requirements of both institutions.

Information on the University of Melbourne entry requirements: View Website.

Information about the Joint PhD Program between the University of Melbourne and RWTH Aachen: View Website

The candidate's scholarship will include a 100% fee remission scholarship, a living allowance for three years with a possible 6-month extension, and funding for travel.

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