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Material instabilities in metal alloys: quantification and prediction (WS08)

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  • Full or part time
    Dr K Baxevanakis
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  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.
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Full Project Detail

Metal alloys used in automotive and aerospace industry are subjected to extreme loading and environmental conditions. Large strains developed during manufacturing or under operational conditions often lead to localisations and fractures across different scales. Hence, the accurate description and modelling of the mechanical performance in these settings is a challenge for the understanding of materials’ failure and the design of structural components that operate under extreme conditions.

The proposed research project aims at the systematic observation, quantification, and prediction of localised deformation modes triggered by the microstructure, in a class of lightweight metal alloys. The project workplan offers a unique opportunity for skills development as it comprises experimentation and advanced numerical simulations. Specifically, state-of-the art monitoring techniques (SEM, HR-DIC) will be used to quantify specific microstructural features that drive deformation at the microscale. In parallel, numerical codes at the crystalline level capable of predicting localisation and fracture (peridynamics, XFEM) will be developed and validated against the obtained experimental datasets. These tools are expected to have real world impact and affect the future design of such engineering alloys.

Find out more:
K.P. Baxevanakis et al. (2018), An integrated approach to model strain localization bands in magnesium alloys, Computational Mechanics 61, 119-135,

K.P. Baxevanakis et al. (2018), Data-driven damage model based on nondestructive evaluation, Journal of Nondestructive Evaluation, Diagnostics and Prognostics of Engineering Systems 1, 031007-1-12,

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent e.g. GPA of 7.5/10 or higher) in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering.

Funding Notes

Please note that studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and other advertised projects starting with advert reference ‘WS’ for the School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering.
If awarded, each 3-year studentship will provide a tax-free stipend of £15,009 p/a, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £4,327 p/a). While we welcome applications from non-EU nationals, please be advised that it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available. Successful candidates will be notified by 30th September 2019.

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