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Measuring the crystallographic orientation and elastic constants of multigrain material

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Applications are invited for a research studentship in the field of development of advanced non-destructive evaluation (NDE) techniques leading to the award of an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) degree.

Advanced engineering alloys are used in many high value, high performance industries. The performance of these parts is strongly dependant on both the elastic properties and the crystallographic structure. The design of alloys with specific properties and processing routes to obtain the ‘right’ microstructure for the part is incredibly important for increasing the capabilities of materials to meet the emerging needs of industry. The measurement of the elastic constants and the orientation non-destructively would have a large impact in this area.

This EngD will focus on the development of methods to take advantage of the huge redundancy of information contained within crystallographic orientation images. These images are derived from acoustic measurements and so could be used to calculate the elastic constants of the material. This project requires development of forward models to predict the possible wave speeds for a given set of elastic constants and crystallographic orientations and the reverse model to extract orientation and elastic constants from acoustic measurements and include exploration of the accuracy of the method for orientation and the elastic constant measurements.

The student will be based at the Optics and Photonics Group at the University of Nottingham and during the course of studies will have two 3-month placements with IHI in Japan.

The post is supported by a bursary and fees (UK/EU student rate) provided by EPSRC, together with a generous top up by the sponsor company in excess of £20,000pa, tax free. The student will also be allocated an annual budget for consumables and travel expenses.

Funding Notes

The post is supported by a bursary and fees (UK/EU student rate) provided by EPSRC, together with a generous top up by the sponsor company in excess of £20,000pa, tax free. The student will also be allocated an annual budget for consumables and travel expenses.

You will have at least an upper 2nd class honours degree in Electronic / Mechanical engineering, physics or a related subject.

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