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Simulation of Ultrasonic Methods for the Inspection of Safety Critical Nuclear Submarine Components

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Applications are invited for a research studentship in the field of development of advanced non-destructive evaluation (NDE) techniques leading to the award of an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) degree.

The aim of this doctoral research is to develop new simulation tools for NDE techniques used for the inspection of safety critical components. It is expected that the research will primarily involve the use of hybrid finite element techniques for the simulation of ultrasonic wave scattering; however, the development of other techniques may also be appropriate.

The project is sponsored by Rolls-Royce Submarines. Rolls-Royce is responsible for the design, manufacture and maintenance of the nuclear power plants at the heart of these submarines. Safety critical reactor components are inspected both during manufacture and periodically in-service, using a range of non-destructive evaluation (NDE) techniques. This project will deliver simulation tools and results which will be directly used to aid in the verification and validation of these techniques.

The student will work at Imperial College London before relocating to Rolls-Royce Submarines in Derby for a significant portion of their studies, where they will work within the NDE Research team, with frequent trips to Imperial College. The student will work alongside engineers developing inspections and will have the opportunity to influence how inspections are justified.

The studentship is offered through the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Innovation in NDE (FIND CDT) which is a partnership between a select group of universities and companies offering a 4-year Engineering doctorate designed to launch outstanding graduates into an engineering career. With close links to the related UK Research Centre in NDE, students are part of a vibrant community of more than 200 researchers and have access to a range of technical training courses delivered by world leading experts.

The post is supported by a bursary and fees (at the UK/EU student rate) provided by EPSRC, together with a generous top up by the sponsor company, Rolls Royce.

Candidate Requirements
Applicants must hold a minimum of an upper 2nd class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering, Physics or a related subject.

Basic skills and knowledge required.
An enquiring and rigorous approach to research together with a strong intellect and disciplined work habits. Good team-working, observational and communication skills are essential.

Informal enquiries
For informal enquiries, please email Prof Michael Lowe, or

Application Details
Prior to application Interested applicants should send an up-to-date CV to .

Suitable candidates will be required to complete an electronic application form at Imperial College London in order for their qualifications to be checked by College Registry. The student will also be required to obtain UK security clearance.

Funding Notes

Scholarship covers full UK/EU (EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for 3 years prior to application) PhD tuition fees and a tax-free stipend of a minimum £20,000 subject to contracts and eligibility criteria.

Candidates can check the eligibility criteria for the award at View Website

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