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Modelling of joining technologies for novel metal matrix composites for offshore applications

School of Engineering

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Prof I Guz , Prof M Kashtalyan Applications accepted all year round Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Metal matrix composites (MMCs) present remarkable properties by combining the properties of the metal matrix and of ceramic reinforcement. The application of such materials includes electronic and optical instruments, components for high performance structures (e.g., aircrafts), armour and protection components, etc. Metal matrix composites combine metallic properties (ductility and toughness) with ceramic properties (high strength and high elastic modulus) leading to outstanding performance. For example, MMCs can have high strength combined with low density, better fatigue behaviour than conventional aluminium alloys, controlled thermal expansion, excellent wear properties and resistance to mechanical and thermal shocks. However, their application is impeded by the lack of knowledge about welding of such materials and, in general, how to join them. Therefore, development of cost effective and technically suitable joining technologies is a critical step on the route to successful exploitation of MMCs.

The project will address the problem of joining aluminium alloy matrix composites with itself (homogeneous joining) or with unreinforced aluminium alloy (heterogeneous joining) with particular interest in the oil and gas industries applications. The focus will be on modelling the strength joints produced by different technologies aimed at optimising the joint configuration depending on the properties and geometries of the components.

Candidates should have (or expect to achieve) a UK honours degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in applied mathematics, solid mechanics, engineering or materials science (or an equivalent qualification).

Essential background: mechanical engineering, solid mechanics with knowledge of numerical modelling using MatLab, C++ or FORTRAN.


• Apply for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering
• State name of the lead supervisor as the Name of Proposed Supervisor
• State ‘Self-funded’ as Intended Source of Funding
• State the exact project title on the application form

When applying please ensure all required documents are attached:

• All degree certificates and transcripts (Undergraduate AND Postgraduate MSc-officially translated into English where necessary)
• Detailed CV

Informal inquiries can be made to Prof I Guz ([Email Address Removed]) with a copy of your curriculum vitae and cover letter. All general enquiries should be directed to the Postgraduate Research School ([Email Address Removed])

Funding Notes

This project is advertised in relation to the research areas of the discipline of Mechanical Engineering. The successful applicant will be expected to provide the funding for Tuition fees, living expenses and maintenance. Details of the cost of study can be found by visiting THERE IS NO FUNDING ATTACHED TO THIS PROJECT.

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