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Fully Funded (Home/EU Rate) PhD Studentship (Fixed Term) - Characterisation and Modelling of Mechanicial Instabilities in Superalloys

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Nickel-base superalloys are employed in high-temperature structural components in aeroengines due to their excellent mechanical properties. However, mechanical instabilities, such as dynamic strain ageing and the Portevin-Le Chatelier effect, can be responsible for premature failures. This project is aimed at understanding and predicting such instabilities in advanced nickel-based superalloys. The successful candidate will carry out microscopic characterisation to elucidate the rate-controlling mechanisms and apply existing simulation techniques to predict their occurrence as a function of deformation conditions.

The project is suitable for a candidate with background in materials science, engineering, physics, applied mathematics or related disciplines. The successful candidate would have interests in combining mathematical modelling with experimentation and should be able to start by September 2017.

Applicants should have (or expect to be awarded) an upper second or first class UK honours degree at the level of MSci, MEng (or overseas equivalents) in a relevant science subject (Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science) and should meet the EPSRC criteria for UK/EU residency and liability for 'home rate' fees (<>) to be eligible for a studentship.

Application forms and the Graduate Studies Prospectus are available from the University website and copies of these documents are available via Further information on the application process is available from Dr Rosie Ward (

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Enrique Galindo-Nava ( and Professor Cathie Rae (

Please quote reference LJ11473 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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