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Thermomechanical Processing of AlMgSiCu Alloys for High Electrical and Thermal Conductivity Applications.

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, March 29, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

Project Description

You will develop and optimise the melt treatment and thermomechanical processing (TMP) conditions for a new generation of higher thermal and electrical conductivity age hardening AlMgSiCu aluminium alloys for applications in the wiring systems of electric vehicles and in the cooling systems of electric vehicle battery modules. The research will involve liquid metal processing, extrusion and thermomechanical treatment of extruded sections. The processed sections will be analysed using a combination of optical/ electron microscopies and eddy current method to understand the effect of compositional and processing conditions on microstructure and conductivity. A strong background in physical metallurgy is essential and experience in microstructural characterisation is desirable.

The project will take place in BCAST’s Advanced Metals Casting Centre (AMCC) and Advanced Metals Processing Centre (AMPC), which are new scale-up facilities that bridge the gap between fundamental research and full scale industrialisation and are aimed at meeting the short, medium and long term needs of the automotive industry. The projects will be part of the activities of the Constellium University Technology Centre (UTC) established with BCAST. You will be interacting with researchers in BCAST and Constellium’s industrial research engineers.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Isaac Chang, Head of LiME Training Centre at or +44(0)1895 268491

How to Apply

Please email the following to AND at the latest:

• Your up-to-date CV;
• Your single A4 page, single-spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project;
• Your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
• Evidence of your English language capability to IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, if appropriate;
• Names and contact details for two academic referees.

Funding Notes

Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of £19,000 in the first year, which will rise incrementally in subsequent years, and payment of their full time home tuition fees for 4 years (48 months).

You should have or expect to receive a first degree at 2:1 or above in a suitable engineering discipline, e.g. materials science, chemistry, physics, etc. A Master’s level qualification is desirable but not essential.

Applicants must have been resident in the UK for 3 or more years, not wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education, to receive the studentship.

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