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Microstructure – Mechanical Properties Correlation for Al & Mg Automotive Alloys
Applications are invited from excellent candidates for PhD studentship in BCAST at Brunel University, London. The studentship provides both a bursary (£14K p.a.) and tuition fees for 3 years, and is open to UK applicants.
BCAST is a specialist research institute (SRI) focusing on solidification related research with a strong international reputation. It leads the recently established EPSRC Centre - LiME, a national centre of excellence in liquid metal engineering and solidification processing. Our activity at BCAST covers fundamental research, technological development and industrial applications in the field of solidification. BCAST is well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for both casting and materials characterisation. See http://www.brunel.ac.uk/bcast for more information.
The successful candidate will be expected to work on applying various grain refiners to Al-Si and or Mg-Al alloys using various casting processes, investigate microstructural evolution, study mechanical properties and correlate the Microstructural features with the measured properties.
Candidates should hold a 2.1 Hons degree in a Metallurgical, Materials, Engineering, Physics or Chemistry discipline, or a 2.2 Hons degree with a relevant postgraduate qualification.
Interested applicants should forward an up to date CV, covering letter and the names and contact details of two referees to Dr. N. Hari Babu (firstname.lastname@example.org) BCAST, Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 3PH, UK.
Closing date 15th November 2013.
Joining dissimilar materials to create high integrity multi-materials joints for future automotive structures
The National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC™) is a state-of-the-art engineering facility for postgraduate training and industry led research. A joint effort by Brunel University and a world leading research institution TWI, the Centre will carry out cutting edge research and deliver highly qualified training for future research leaders in the field of structural integrity.
A significant number of fully funded PhD studentships are available for suitable candidates with strong interest in fundamental and applied research in the area of structural integrity. The studentship will cover a stipend of £16,000 per annum for 3 years, UK/EU student tuition fees (currently at £4k/y), and supports for research. Overseas applicants are welcome, with note that the total funding is capped at £20k/year. Successful applicants will be required to register at Brunel University for the PhD degree, and will be based at Granta Park, Cambridge, adjacent to the Headquarters of TWI.
The research topic has direct links with industry and it is aimed at developing new resistance welding technologies to create high integrity multi-material joints. Resistance welding is traditionally the technique of choice for thin metal joining in the automotive industry. Over the last century mass production of cars has been enabled as a result of high speed, reliable, easily automated joining of low carbon steels using the resistance spot welding process.
Present and future automotive structures will contain an increasing volume of "new" materials including; high strength steels, new steel coatings, aluminium (sheet, extrusions and castings), magnesium, stainless steels, polymers and composites. New and often unfamiliar joining technologies are required to enable car production using these materials. In most cases the new joining solutions do not offer the same, speed, repeatability, robustness or economics of spot welding.
The objective of this studentship is to develop novel methods and solutions to allow the new generation of materials to be joined by the resistance welding process. The bulk and surface properties of the materials to be joined will be studied; the mechanical properties of the joints will be assessed against industry requirements. New innovations will look at electrode materials, welding process control, material interactions and automation of the proposed solutions.
Applicants should have or expect to obtain the equivalent of a 2.1 or first class undergraduate degree in engineering background, chemical or mechanical engineering preferred. Candidates should have excelled in previous study of materials science/metallurgy. A postgraduate degree in these subject areas is also desirable, but not a necessity. Applicants should be UK citizens, or EU citizens who have been resident in the UK for the three years preceding the date of application.
To apply, please send CV and transcript of university study with a covering letter specifying the area of interest and two referees to the following contacts. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.
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BCAST is always interested in recruiting full-time PhD students. Click here for the list of current PhD students and their contact details at BCAST.
If you are a home or EU student, there are a number of studentships available at BCAST through EPSRC CASE studentships. EPSRC funding is available for all UK and EU-nationals, normally resident in the UK. The funding covers both tuition fees and bursary for the three year duration of the PhD. The bursary can be up to £14,000 pa (tax free). For all the funding opportunities for postgraduate training from EPSRC, please see the EPSRC website.
If you are a non-EU student, please contact us directly to discuss about possible funding opportunities and research proposals.
Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Brian McKay (Brian.McKay@brunel.ac.uk) at all times.