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Stress analysis of ceramic thermal barrier coatings using THz instrumentation

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Project Description

Applications are invited for a fully-funded PhD studentship starting in September 2016. It is suitable for well-qualified students who have (or expect to obtain) a first class degree in engineering, physics or other relevant subject. For UK applicants, the studentship will cover tuition fees as well as an annual tax-free stipend of at least £ £14,057.

Ceramic thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) are increasingly used in high-temperature applications in the aerospace, automotive and energy sectors. The aim of this EPSRC-funded project is to measure sub-surface stress distributions in TBCs. These stress measurements will be used to improve the performance of the ceramic coatings, through the development of better and more robust manufacturing methods and numerical models that permit the prediction of imminent coating failure.

The successful applicant will use state-of-the-art GHz and THz imaging and spectroscopy equipment to measure the stress distributions and compare them to the results from destructive measurements. Techniques for detecting coating de-bonds and defects will also be developed and compared to numerical models predicting coating performance.

The PhD will involve close collaboration with our partners at Rolls-Royce, Renishaw and Cranfield University to understand how stresses develop during TBC manufacture and degrade the TBCs in service. The project is based in Heriot-Watt’s Optical Diagnostics Group (www.optical-diagnostics.hw.ac.uk), working under the supervision of Prof. Andrew Moore and Dr. Peter Schemmel.

Self-motivated individuals with a strong work ethic are encouraged to apply. Some experience of stress and strain measurements and numerical modelling is desirable, as is knowledge of Matlab, Python, Comsol or Labview. Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof. Andrew Moore.

Funding Notes

Applications are invited for a fully-funded PhD studentship starting in September 2016. It is suitable for well-qualified students who have (or expect to obtain) a first class degree in engineering, physics or other relevant subject. For UK applicants, the studentship will cover tuition fees as well as an annual tax-free stipend of at least £ £14,057.

References

To apply please email your detailed CV and the names and addresses of two academic referees to [email protected]

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