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Modelling the Contact Behaviour in the Presence of Tribochemistry and Adhesion

Project Description

Applications are invited for a research studentship in the field of computational modelling in tribology,The position is open to UK and EU students and fully funded for 3.5 years.
The project aims at developing contact mechanics models in boundary lubrication systems where relatively thin tribofilms are formed on the contacting surfaces. The model will be built on a boundary lubrication model already established in Leeds. Robust boundary lubrication models that consider real physical parameters at the interface are needed to develop frameworks for predicting durability (wear) and energy efficiency (friction). The project will have broad advanced industrial applications , such as automotive, lubricants, bearings etc. The PhD project will be largely numerical and there will be some experimental work involved. The PhD candidate will closely work with experimental colleagues to exchange knowledge and share results. The PhD candidate will be working in the institute of Functional Surfaces where there is an establshed and world-known tribology group. More information on the tribology group can be found on the following link:
You will be an enthusiastic and self-motivated person who meets the academic requirements for enrolment for the PhD degree at the University of Leeds.
You will have a 1st class honours degree in Mechanical/Chemical Engineering, Physics, Material Science, Chemistry, Computing or related subjects and have a positive attitude towards conducting rigorous research.
All applicants MUST first contact contact Dr Ghanbarzadeh and the engineering department graduate office at the University of Leeds to be advised on how to submit an application for this project.

Funding Notes

Funding covers the cost of fees and provides a maintenance matching the Research Council UK rate (£14,777 for 2018/19 ). Funding duration is 3.5 years. UK and EU applicants will be eligible for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance.

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