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Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Aluminium Alloys Processed by Vacuum Assisted High Pressure Die Casting

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

Project Description

Applications are invited for a full time PhD studentship at BCAST (Brunel University London) beginning 1st February 2018 or later, to be agreed at interview. BCAST is a speciality research institute focusing on solidification related research with an international reputation and is the host of the national centre of excellence in liquid metal engineering (the Future LiME Research Hub). Our research covers fundamental research, technological development and industrial applications in the field of solidification and materials processing. BCAST is well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for both solidification processing and materials characterisation.

You will study the microstructure and mechanical properties of novel aluminium alloys processed by vacuum assisted high pressure die casting. The relationship between the process, microstructure and the mechanical properties will be set up through this study by experimental research or by theoretical understanding. The effect of casting defects on the mechanical properties will be also addressed through computer tomography and/or other necessary techniques.

The successful applicant will receive an annual stipend of £16,553 plus payment of their full time home/EU tuition fees for a period of 48 months. Applicants must have been resident in the UK for 3 or more years, not wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education, to receive the studentship.

Funding Notes

Successful candidates are required to have a first degree at or equivalent to 2:1 or above in a suitable engineering discipline, e.g. materials science, chemistry, physics, etc. A Master’s level qualification is desirable but not essential. Experience in solidification processing of metallic materials, skills in microstructural characterisation using various microscopy techniques and a working knowledge of mechanical testing of metallic materials is an advantage. In addition, he/she should be highly motivated, able to work in a team and have good communication skills.

References

If you wish to apply, please email the following using the link:

• Your up-to-date CV;
• Your single A4 page, single-spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project;
• Your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
• Evidence of your English language capability to IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, if appropriate;
• Names and contact details for two academic referees

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