Our Centre seeks to recruit motivated science & engineering graduates into an exciting, world-class research & training environment that will address complex industrial challenges. The envelope of materials performance is being pushed to ever more demanding environments – the challenges are complex & require an interdisciplinary approach.
We offer a comprehensive training programme that focusses on developing interdisciplinary skills & expertise. The 4 year course includes taught technical components & professional skills training, as well as a PhD level research project. Industrial partners will play an active role in shaping & delivering the training.
The CDT will initially focus on the oil & gas, aerospace and nuclear power sectors, and industrial sponsors include: BP plc, Airbus Group, BAE Systems plc, Rolls-Royce plc, AMEC, Areva, EDF Energy, AkzoNobel.
The Centre will draw on expertise in the BP International Centre for Advanced Materials (BP-ICAM), the Aerospace Research Institute and the Dalton Nuclear Institute.
Strategic investment by the University and its partners has resulted in world-class advanced testing & characterisation facilities, including the National Composites Certification and Evaluation Facility, National Structural Integrity Research Centre at TWI, and a new £22M Multidisciplinary Characterisation Facility.
Candidates should possess, or be predicted to obtain, a 1st or 2:1 degree in one of the following:
Note: CDT funding criteria states applicants must be UK nationals or EU students who have lived in the UK for 3+ years.
|Aero Engine Degradation Prediction in Dusty Environments [Sponsor: Rolls-Royce; FULLY FUNDED]||Details|
|Delayed Hydride Cracking in Zirconium Alloys [Sponsor: EDF Energy; FULLY FUNDED]||Details|
|Development of advanced laser processes for multiscale surface modification of functional electrodes in Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometer Instrumentation (Sponsor: Waters; FULLY FUNDED)||Details|
|Development of improved methods for defect tolerance assessment of stainless steel components in nuclear plant (Sponsor: Rolls-Royce; FULLY FUNDED)||Details|
|Microstructural response of bearing steels during rolling contact in fuel pump applications (Sponsored by Delphi; Fully Funded]||Details|
|Next Generation High Performance Coatings for Space Applications [industrial sponsor: ENBIO; Fully Funded]||Details|
|Study of Novel Super-hydrophobic Surfaces to Mitigate Corrosion, Cracking and Deposition in New Build UK Nuclear Power Plants. [Sponsor - EDF Energy; Fully Funded]||Details|
|The Effect of Water Chemistry on the Stress Corrosion Cracking Initiation of Nickel Based Alloys (Sponsor: Hitachi; FULLY FUNDED)||Details|
|Use of 2D Coatings (e.g., Functional Ceramics / Graphene / Graphene Oxide) for Corrosion Protection in Nuclear Power Plants [Sponsor: EDF Energy; Fully funded]||Details|