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Thermal Barrier Coatings for Next-Generation Aircraft Engines


Department of Materials

, Prof P Xiao Wednesday, September 30, 2020 Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

We are seeking a PhD candidate to join the coating group at Department of Materials in University of Manchester to study advanced thermal barrier coatings for next-generation aircraft engines. The coating group focuses on ceramic and metallic coatings or coating systems for demanding environment (e.g., aircraft engines and nuclear reactors), with research spanning from coating development to characterisation. The aim of this project is to develop fundamental understanding of the TBCs for mitigating the environmental and thermomechanical degradation associated with ever increasing engine temperatures and harsher operating environments. A combination of experiment and modelling approaches will be used for the project. You will use a variety of cutting-edge research facilities in Manchester, such as electron microscopy and nanomechanical testing, to study the degradation mechanisms and measure the properties of the TBCs. These experiment techniques will be complemented by theoretical analysis and modelling to develop mechanistic understanding of the structure-property relationship and provide scientific guidance for TBC development. You will also have opportunities to work with Rolls-Royce. This project is expected to provide material solutions for extending engine lifetime and reducing life-cycle cost.

Funding Notes

Candidates should have (or expect to achieve) a UK honours degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in Materials science, Materials Engineering, Chemistry or Mechanical Engineering.

This project is being considered for DTA funding. This would provide a full fee waiver and a EPSRC minimum stipend. International applicants are welcome to apply but will require access to self-funding.

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