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Nanowire-based hybrid sensors at the pipe-insulation interface for corrosion under insulation (CUI) monitoring and analysis

Project Description

Robert Gordon University, through the School of Engineering is offering a PhD studentship with tuition fees funded for Home/EU or International applicants.

This is a fees-only funded PhD studentship provided by the School of Engineering and interested candidates will have to secure their own financial support to upkeep their living costs.

Overall aim and objectives of the project is to develop a robust predictive data analytics and modelling tools to analyse corrosion under insulation (CUI) of pipe-insulation interface using nanowire-based hybrid sensors for accurate corrosion assessment. The key objectives are: (a) design and manufacturing of nanowire-based hybrid sensor at the interface of an insulated metal pipeline to sense various conditions (e.g. corrosion, moisture and hydrogen embrittlement), (b) assessing the effect of pipeline operating conditions for objectively identifying the most critical operating factors to monitor, detect and locate various conditions (corrosion, moisture and hydrogen embrittlement), and (c) design and develop prototype tools to quantify corrosion of insulated pipeline.

This study will explore an enhanced analysis and monitoring technique for corrosion under insulation (CUI). Using nanowire-based hybrid sensors, we will develop model to include the mechanistic understanding of underlying physical-chemical processes of corrosion location and quantification. You will have to apply artificial intelligence (AI) techniques to generate pathways in CUI layer linking with environmental factors in order to describe the corrosion at the interface of the underlying insulated structures. You will use combination of sensing techniques such as acoustic emission (AE), linear polarization resistance (LPR), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), electromagnetic wave (EMW), and wire-based electrical resistance (ER) methods. The project therefore involves both experimental and modelling/simulations.

Applications should be emailed to Dr Nadimul Faisal at . The applications should consist of a covering letter or personal statement of interest, and a CV.

Deadline for receipt of applications is 15th April 2020.

It is expected that candidates are available to register and commence study in October 2020.

Questions should initially be addressed to:
Dr Nadimul Faisal
School of Engineering
Robert Gordon University
Riverside East, Garthdee Campus
Aberdeen, AB10 7GJ
United Kingdom

T: +44 (0) 1224 262438

Entry Requirements
Applicants should have a First- or Second-Class UK honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline such Nanotechnology or Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Chemical Engineering. An MSc in a relevant subject is highly desirable. Knowledge or experience of corrosion, electrochemistry, programming, modelling & simulations is advantageous.

This studentship will cover the tuition fees only. Living costs and expenses are self-funded by the applicant.

Keywords: Corrosion under insulation, Hybrid sensor, Data analytics, Electrochemical analysis (EIS, LPR), Acoustic emission.

Funding Notes

This studentship will cover the tuition fees only. Living costs and expenses are self-funded by the applicant.

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FTE Category A staff submitted: 14.00

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