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High-Tin Aluminium Alloys for Application in Plain Bearings

A fully funded PhD studentship in BCAST at Brunel University London is available for a suitable candidate with a strong interest in fundamental and applied research in the area of metallurgy and casting processes. The studentship will provide a stipend of £16,000 per year for 3 years and tuition fees to the level of the UK/EU student rate (currently set at £3,996 for the 2014/15 academic year).

BCAST is a specialist research institute focusing on solidification related research. BCAST has a strong international reputation and prides itself on its innovation and creativity. Our activity covers fundamental research, technological development and industrial applications in the field of solidification and solidification processing. See for more information. We lead the EPSRC Centre - LiME, a national centre of excellence in liquid metal engineering; and are creating the Advanced Metals Casting Centre, a national scale-up facility for industry led research.

The studentship will be supported in part by a scholarship provided by the Chamberlain Enterprise Award of the Worshipful Company of Tin Plate Workers Alias Wire Workers. Established in 1670, the Company is one of the traditional Livery Companies of the City of London. Today, its key role is to support education, enterprise and charities. The primary aim of the Chamberlain Enterprise Award is to encourage young people into enterprise and industry. As well as financial support, the successful candidate will receive the benefit of regular mentoring by members of the Company.


Aluminium alloys containing high levels of tin have the potential to compete with Pb‑bronze and whitemetal plain bearing alloys on performance and cost. The realisation of sizeable bearings in high‑Sn Al alloys by casting is hampered by coarse and non-uniform distribution of the soft Sn‑rich phase throughout the microstructure. This project will build upon recent research to develop a method of casting such alloys with a refined and uniform dispersion of Sn. The project will investigate alloy composition and process development for casting high‑Sn Al alloys in different forms suitable for application in the aerospace, heavy engineering and automotive sectors. The project will be strongly focussed on experiment, and is therefore suited to a student with good practical skills.


Applicants should have an upper second or first class undergraduate honours degree or a Master's degree (or a recognised equivalent from an overseas university) in metallurgy/materials science or another engineering or physical science subject. To receive full funding applicants should be UK or EU citizens. Applications from non-EU citizens are welcome, noting that the total funding available is capped at £20,000 per year and the balance of the cost of maintenance and tuition fees must be borne by the student.

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To apply, in the first instance please send a CV and transcript(s) of university study with a covering letter specifying your interest in the area of research and the names and contact details of two referees. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview, expected to take place at the end of October 2014 (date to be confirmed). The closing date for applications is: 17 October 2014.

Applications or enquiries should be addressed by email to:

Dr I. C. Stone at BCAST, Brunel University London, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 3PH

(Email: / Tel: +44-1895-267826)


PhD Students

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 ( at all times.

Page last updated: Thursday 18 September 2014