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Physico-Chemical Effects of Laser-induced Surface Analysis for Containment Materials

   EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Nuclear Energy - GREEN

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  Prof Dirk Engelberg, Prof P Martin  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

This project will primarily be based at The University of Manchester.

This PhD project investigates physico-chemical interactions of laser-based characterisation techniques with application to metallic and polymeric containment materials. A broad range of analytical techniques to assess and characterise damage introduced by laser surface interaction will be applied, with a focus on understanding corrosion performance and mechanical integrity. The key aim here is to develop a mechanistic understanding of how the application of laser-based characterisation techniques can affect component surfaces and their interactions with environment, with the idea to optimise life-time of engineering containment materials. Different laser systems and ablation parameters for surface chemical and spectroscopic analysis will be explored to better understand potential routes to optimise analysis routines without compromising the surface integrity.

The PhD project will focus on developing (i) a mechanistic understanding of the physico-chemical interaction of laser-based surface characterisation techniques with engineering szurfaces, (ii) potential ways to optimised or mitigate surface-material interactions, (iii) to provide data to underpin the application of these techniques in demanding nuclear environment. 


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