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Ultrasonic Imaging of Titanium Alloy Textures

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  • Full or part time
    Dr Katherine Tant
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round

Project Description

Applications are invited for a research studentship in the field of ultrasonic non-destructive evaluation (NDE), leading to the award of an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) degree. The student will be based in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Strathclyde but will be strongly associated with Strathclyde’s Centre of Ultrasonic Engineering research group.
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 (RCNDE), 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 top up by the sponsor company, IHI. The total stipend will be ~ £21,000pa, usually tax free.

Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) is the practice of detecting and characterising damage in key components used throughout heavy industry, without compromising their structural integrity. It is likely the most important discipline you have never heard of; without it planes would not fly and power stations would not generate power. Ultrasonic testing is a particularly popular modality of NDE where, just like in medical ultrasound, mechanical waves can be transmitted through a component and the reflected signals can be interpreted to create an image of its interior, highlighting the presence of any defects. Development and advancement of these imaging algorithms requires an understanding of how waves propagate within these often complex components. This EngD project will study models of wave propagation in complex media using simulation tools and mathematical models to derive relationships between scattered ultrasonic wave data and the spatial variation of material properties in Titanium alloys (this is known as their texture). These relationships will then form the basis of an advanced tomography algorithm to allow visualisation of a Titanium alloy’s texture from its ultrasonic inspection data.

The student will be based at the University of Strathclyde but will have the opportunity to visit IHI’s premises in Japan.


• Enhanced 4-year studentships of ~£21,000 per annum living stipend (normally tax free)
• Payment of all (home) tuition fees
• A substantial consumables and travel budget to support additional specialist research training courses, secondments, purchase of specialist equipment and travel to international conferences, seminars and workshops
• Opportunities for overseas secondment to the industry partner in Japan.
• Excellent career prospects on completion

Funding Notes

Applicants must have at least an upper 2nd class honours degree in mathematics, physics, engineering or a related subject. Good team-working, observational and communication skills are essential. For more details see or contact us at [Email Address Removed]. Candidates should fulfil the eligibility criteria for the award. Please check your suitability at

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