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 2021.
Applicant should have a First Class or Upper Second minimum Physical Sciences degree or a master's at merit or distinction.
IELTS requirements: 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual category
UK or EU students only. Please note we are not funded for international students. Additionally, the nature of this work relates to UK security so applicants are considered at the sponsors discretion.
How to apply
Please submit an expression of interest to Noelle Hartley (firstname.lastname@example.org) initially. All applications should be submitted through the Engineering Materials course page. Please clearly state the studentship title and supervisor on your application.
References will be requested at the post interview stage.
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