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PhD Studentship Opportunity in Assessment of Aluminium Alloys Anodised with Tartaric Sulphuric Acid


Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

, Prof J F Watts Wednesday, September 30, 2020 Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

AWE currently uses chromic acid anodising for passivating aluminium alloys to provide corrosion protection in a range of applications. Chromic acid anodising, however, gives rise to waste hexavalent chromium which is restricted under the European Union’s REACH Regulations. Alternative anodising treatments are therefore required.

This novel research programme is an evidence-based approach to develop anodised coatings that are fit for purpose in terms of key material properties, e.g. corrosion resistance, mechanical robustness, electrical breakdown voltage, coating adherence, and radiation hardness. The morphology and microstructure of the anodised layer will be analysed with various electron microscopy methods. Other techniques will be used to study the composition and surface chemistry of the coatings. The performance of the coatings will be assessed as a function of processing parameters, i.e. time, temperature, pH, and voltage. This experimental data will enable the coating performance to be related to the anodised layer’s microstructure and composition.

This is a 3.5 year project, commencing in October 2020.

Entry requirements:
Physical Sciences degree with a First Class or Upper Second minimum. Masters at merit or distinction. UK or EU students only. Please note we are not funded for international students.
IELTS Level: 6.5 or above.
Additionally the nature of this work relates to UK security so applicants are considered at the sponsors discretion.

How to apply:
First steps are to submit an expression of interest (EOI) to the Centre Manager, Noelle Hartley . This studentship falls in the remit of the Centre for Doctoral Training in MiNMaT – see webpages for Centre information http://www.surrey.ac.uk/minmat

Funding Notes

3.5 years of stipend and fees paid for UK/EU students only. Stipend of £17,000 pa. See our website: View Website

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