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Multi-Parameter wireless sensing for condition monitoring of nuclear-spent fuel canisters

   Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

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  Dr S Theodossiades, Dr H Fu, Dr A Hajjaj  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Remote wireless sensing has been crucial in nuclear decommissioning, especially for long-term monitoring of metallic nuclear-spent fuel canisters. However, there are considerable challenges, including the fitting of multi-parameter sensors in metallic canisters and the dearth of suitable wireless data transmission mechanisms for embedded multi-parameter sensors in metallic canisters.

In collaboration with the National Nuclear Laboratory, the proposed PhD project aims to develop a novel solution for condition monitoring of spent fuel canisters comprising: (i) multi-gas miniaturized sensing operating in a nuclear environment and (ii) wireless data transmission for embedded sensors within metallic structures.

The proposed solution is an innovative way to measure or estimate the activity of a waste item or packages and will create significant impacts on use of digital technologies in nuclear decommissioning activities.


Primary supervisor: Professor Stephanos Theodossiades

Secondary supervisors: Dr Hailing Fu Dr Amal Hajjej

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering or a related subject.

A relevant master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: ultrasonic transducers, nonlinear dynamics analysis, low-power sensing electronics and electromechanical system development.

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

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How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name, select 'Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering’. Please quote the advertised reference number: CASE-ST-2022

To avoid delays in processing your application, please ensure that you submit the minimum supporting documents.

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Funding Notes

UK fee
Fully funded full-time degree per annum
International fee
Fully funded full-time degree per annum
Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Fees are reviewed annually and are likely to increase to take into account inflationary pressures.
Subject to final contracts being signed, the studentship is for 4 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £17,668 per annum minimum for the duration of the studentship.
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