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Microstructural and surface integrity in machining of specialist composite materials for next generation aero-engine applications - (ENG 1317X2)


   Faculty of Engineering

   Applications accepted all year round  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The project will seek an understanding of the microstructural changes during machining of specialist aerospace materials for high temperature applications used in the latest generations of civil and military aero-engines. This will involve using performance monitoring techniques during the machining such as dynamometers, high-speed imaging systems, accelerometers and acoustic emissions sensors that are complemented by advanced material characterisation techniques such as Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), 3D optical profilometry and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD).

This project will also involve an analytical/numerical modelling of the material micro-mechanical behaviour during the machining process with the aim of understanding and predicting the surface integrity and mechanisms of material damage (i.e. crack formation, local deformations). Internationally recognised Rolls-Royce specialists in the field will be available throughout the project to provide the PhD student with support and guidance if required.

Please contact the UTC director, Prof. Dragos Axinte, for further information.

Email: Tel: 011595 14117


Funding Notes

For PhD students wishing to pursue an academic career, the opportunity to participate in teaching activities will be sought.
The scholarship on offer comprises a tax-free stipend of over £15,000 a year; tuition fees paid and a generous study package.
Interested in this studentships? To find if you are a suitable and eligible candidate contact Prof Dragos Axinte. Do not submit your application via the My Nottingham platform without having contacted our team first.
Please contact the UTC director, Prof Dragos Axinte, for further information.
Email: Tel: 011595 14117

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