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Nuclear Engineering PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships in the UK

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  EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Nuclear Energy Futures

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Applications are invited for four-year fully-funded PhD studentships starting in October 2019 at either Imperial College London, University of Cambridge, University of Bristol, The Open University or Bangor University.
  Development of tritium release model for advanced Li8PbO6 breeder materials for compact spherical tokamaks
  Dr Sam Murphy
Applications accepted all year round

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The proposed research will accelerate the development of advanced ceramic breeder materials for compact spherical tokamaks.
  Fully Funded PhD Studentship in Environmental Monitoring of Water for Radionuclides
  Dr S Monk, Dr D Cheneler
Applications accepted all year round

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This PhD project concerns the design and development of a robust detection method for the real-time monitoring and determination of unwanted particles emitted from waterborne radionuclides as sometimes found in seawater and groundwater.
  The Electrochemical Treatment of Nuclear Wastes
  Dr R Dawson, Dr F Andrieux
Applications accepted all year round

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“Exploring new, effective, efficient and low cost electrochemical based methods, to treat problem waste streams contaminated with plutonium and actinides, from concept through to laboratory scale process demonstration.”.
  EPSRC CDT in Nuclear Energy - GREEN (Growing skills for Reliable Economic Energy from Nuclear)

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The GREEN CDT is a consortium of the five universities of Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield, which aims to train the next generation of expert nuclear scientists and engineers.
  Advanced Laser Processing Control Strategies for Radioactive Decommissioning
  Prof J Tyrer, Dr E Long, Dr L Jones
Application Deadline: 2 December 2019

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Reference number. JT2019#2. Start Date. 01 Oct 2020. Closing date of advert. 2 December 2019. Supervisors. Primary supervisor. Professor John Tyrer.
  Analysing radioactive laser cutting emissions
  Dr L Jones, Dr E Long, Prof J Tyrer
Application Deadline: 2 December 2019

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Reference number. LJ2019#2. Start Date. 01 October 2020. Closing date of advert. 2 December 2019. Supervisors. Primary supervisor.
  Explosive boiling – the superheat limit of liquid evaporation
  Dr H Zhao
Applications accepted all year round

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This PhD project aims to understand and model the superheat limit of liquid evaporation which underpins the phenomena of explosive boiling.
  Odd metal clusterings and peculiar phases in nuclear extraction processes
  Prof A Masters
Applications accepted all year round

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At the end of a nuclear reaction, many countries seek to recover unspent uranium and plutonium from the spent fuel. The most common way to do this is to dissolve the spent fuel in nitric acid, add some oil and also a special ligand.
  Investigating hydride growth mechanisms in zirconium alloys
  Research Group: Metallurgy and Corrosion
  Dr P Shanthraj, Prof M Preuss
Applications accepted all year round

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Zirconium alloys are most commonly used as the fuel cladding material in nuclear reactors. Hydrogen uptake in these alloys occurs as a result of aqueous corrosion during service, and the absorbed hydrogen precipitate out of solution as hydrides once its solubility limit in the alloy is exceeded.
  Development of a Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) model to simulate transitions of gas-liquid two-phase flow regimes
  Prof B Rogers, Dr S Lind, Prof P K Stansby
Applications accepted all year round

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For reactors in critical situations, ’Loss of Coolant’ incidents require ensuring that the core and fuel rod claddings are properly cooled when water injection is triggered by safety monitoring systems.
  Computational fluid dynamics modelling of sprays of liquids into gases and vapours
  Prof H Iacovides, Dr A Cioncolini
Applications accepted all year round

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This PhD project addresses the kinematic and thermal behaviour of sprays of liquids into gases, with a particular focus on the dynamics of the type of pressurisers used to control the operating pressure in pressurised water nuclear power stations.
  Exploring the processes of nucleation and growth in the oxidation of zirconium alloy fuel rods
  Dr P Shanthraj, Dr C Race
Applications accepted all year round

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The pellets of uranium oxide fissile fuel in pressurised water reactors are contained within tubes of zirconium alloy - the fuel clad.
  Making the link between weld process and long term in-service performance: multi-scale modelling and characterisation for low alloy steel welds in advanced nuclear reactors
  Prof M C Smith, Dr J Francis
Applications accepted all year round

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High-value, low-volume, safety-critical metallic components in nuclear plants almost invariably contain welds. Welding is an aggressive process that causes microstructural changes in the weld and adjacent heat affected zone, develops residual stresses and structural distortion, and changes the material properties.
  Modelling of primary water stress corrosion cracking (PWSCC) of nickel based alloys (NBAs) in nuclear (PWR) primary coolant
  Prof M C Smith, Dr A Jivkov
Applications accepted all year round

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Nickel based alloy (NBA) materials and their associated weld metals are of interest to new build and advanced nuclear reactors due to their superior structural performance when compared with traditional steel materials.
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