Materials Engineering: Fully Funded PhD Scholarship: Mechanical properties and fracture mechanisms of TIMETAL® 575
This scholarship is funded by EPSRC and TIMET UK.
Start date: October 2020
Subject areas: Materials, Metallurgy
Project description: TIMET UK (part of PCC Metals Group) will provide industrial sponsorship of an EPSRC DTP scholarship, for a PhD student to be jointly based at the Institute of Structural Materials, Swansea University and at the Timet UK plant at Waunarlwydd, Swansea. The PhD project will involve in-depth mechanical testing and characterisation of a recently developed titanium alloy, TIMETAL®-575, aimed at low temperature aero-engine disc or aerofoil applications. The work follows on from a previous PhD student at Swansea that supported the initial development of this alloy at a laboratory scale. The intention of this project is to assess the material at an industrially representative scale and support validation for use in aero-engine service environments. Rolls-Royce plc are expected to provide technical input to this project through the Timet /Rolls-Royce shared research agreement.
Project supervisors: Dr H M Davies/Professor M R Bache/Mr Iain Berment-Parr (TIMET)
Available resources/facilities: full suite of ISM testing and characterisation facilities (plus College of Engineering AIM facilities as necessary)
Candidates should hold a minimum of an upper second class (2:1) honours degree (or its equivalent) in Engineering or similar relevant discipline, preferably Materials, but could accept Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering.
Mechanical testing and SEM characterisation experience would be desirable. The candidate should have a basic understanding of crystallography and an interest in fracture mechanics and modelling methods.
We would normally expect the academic and English Language requirements (IELTS 6.5 overall with 5.5+ in each component) to be met by point of application. For details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit – http://www.swansea.ac.uk/admissions/english-language-requirements/
Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is open to UK/EU candidates only.
This scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of £15,285 with an additional £3,000 per annum for four years.