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Manufacturing induced property development using electromagnetic pulse technology

Applications are invited for a full time 4-year EPSRC Industrial CASE PhD studentship in manufacturing induced property development using electromagnetic pulse technology in BCAST at Brunel University London and in collaboration with Constellium, starting from 1st October 2019 at the latest. Successful applicant will receive an annual stipend of circa £19,000 in the first year, which will rise incrementally in subsequent years, and payment of their full time home tuition fees for 4 years (48 months).  

BCAST is a speciality research centre focusing on solidification related research with an international reputation and hosts the national centre of excellence in liquid metal engineering (the EPSRC Future LiME Hub). BCAST is well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for both solidification processing and materials characterisation. We cover fundamental research, technological development and industrial applications in the field of solidification and materials processing. See www.brunel.ac.uk/bcast for more information. The work will take place in BCAST’s Advanced Metals Casting Centre (AMCC) and Advanced Metals Processing Centre (AMPC), which are new scale-up facilities that bridge the gap between fundamental research and full scale industrialisation and are aimed at meeting the short, medium and long term needs of the automotive industry. The project will be part of the activities of the Constellium University Technology Centre (UTC) established with BCAST. 

The successful candidate will develop and optimise the use of a high velocity forming technology, known as electromagnetic pulse technology (EMPT) to increase the mechanical properties of AlMgSiCu aluminium alloys. The research will evaluate and develop the understanding of the use of forming at high strain rates equivalent to those achieved using explosive forming to extend ductility. 


Applicants must have been resident in the UK for 3 or more years, not wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education, to receive the studentship. 

A strong background in physical metallurgy is essential, and experience in microstructural characterisation is desirable. 

Applicants are required to have an upper second or first class undergraduate honours degree in metallurgy/materials science or another related engineering or physical science. A Masters level qualification is desirable. In addition, the successful candidate should be highly motivated, able to work within a team and have good communication skills. 

How to apply

If you wish to apply, please email the following to isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk AND cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk by 29th March 2019.

  • An up to date CV;
  • A single page (A4), single spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project;
  • Names and contact details of 3 referees;
  • A copy of your highest degree certificate and transcript;
  • Copy of your English Language qualification, if appropriate.