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Quantifying microstructure and mechanical properties in large scale forging

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  • Full or part time
    Prof B Wynne
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

The overall aim of the project is the development of a novel test and modelling methodology for the rapid assessment of the suitability of materials and heat treatment processes for large scale, structure critical forged components. It is envisaged the project will have three major objectives: 1. Develop the novel heat treatment system, 2. Validate data from the simulated test piece with an actual forging, and 3. Develop microstructure/property prediction models to further minimise experimental work and also identify more economical and energy efficient process routes.

These objectives will be undertaken within the following work packages:

Work Package 1: Validate large scale heat treatment machine within the capability of the industrial plant. This includes optimisation of temperature uniformity, temperature control and identifying heating and cooling rate constraints inclusive of how sample size may influence this sensitivity.

Work Package 2: Validate linkage between simulation and actual component. This work package will compare and contrast simulated results, both mechanical and microstructure, with an actual component. Extreme areas of the as-forged component will be investigated to ensure good variability coverage.

Work Package 3: Property prediction models. This work package will focus on developing property prediction models inclusive of the process windows of the plant by combining thermodynamic modelling and transformation modelling with the data obtained from the machine.

Work Package 4: Alternative materials and process routes. This work package focuses on suggesting alternative material and processing strategies leading to enhanced forging properties at reduced cost and energy used.

Funding Notes

Candidates should be self-funded, sponsored, or applying for Scholarships. The University and the Faculty of Engineering award PhD scholarships for Home, EU, and International students on a competitive basis every year. The deadline for Faculty/University Scholarships is February each year - for more information see:

Candidates should have or expect to gain a good Honours degree with 2i or above in Materials Science and Engineering or related discipline.

If English is not your first language then you must have International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) average of 6.5 or above with at least 6.0 in each component.

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