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Manufacturing induced property development using electromagnetic pulse technology

Applications are invited for ONE full-time EPSRC Industrial CASE (iCASE) PhD studentship for the project above at Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST), Brunel University London starting from 1st October 2019. BCAST is an internationally-recognised research centre for innovative and leading-edge research in the field of solidification and metal processing of light alloys. It hosts the national centre of excellence in liquid metal engineering (Future LiME Research Hub) and the national scale up facilities in liquid metal engineering (Advanced Metal Casting Centre, AMCC) and light metal processing (Advanced Metal Processing Centre, AMPC). See http://bcast.brunel.ac.uk for more information. The project is sponsored by Constellium, a global leading manufacturer of high-quality technically advanced aluminium products and systems. Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of circa £20,000 and payment of their full time home tuition fees for 4 years (48 months). 

Conventional mechanical processes used in the metal forming industry rely on the mechanical contact between the tool and workpiece, leading to springback problems and post clean-up operation to remove lubrication/tool marks.  However, these problems can be overcame by a high velocity forming technology known as the electromagnetic pulse technology (EMPT), which is based on the contact-less deformation of electrically conductive materials using strong magnetic fields. It can be used for joining, welding and forming of sheet metals and tubes. Joints made by EMPT are typically stronger than the parent material. The successful candidate will develop and optimise the use of electromagnetic pulse technology (EMPT) based in AMPC to increase the mechanical properties of aluminium alloys. He/she will evaluate the EMPT processed materials and develop the understanding of the use of forming at high strain rates equivalent to those achieved using explosive forming to extend ductility. The project will be part of the activities of the Constellium University Technology Centre (UTC) established with BCAST. You will be interacting with researchers in BCAST and with Constellium’s industrial research engineers. A strong background in physical metallurgy is essential, and experience in microstructural characterisation is desirable.   

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Isaac Chang, Head of LiME Training Centre at isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk or +44(0)1895 268491


You should have or expect to receive a first degree at 2:1 or above in a suitable engineering and science discipline, e.g. metallurgy, materials science, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, physics, etc. A Master’s level qualification is desirable but not essential. Experience in solidification processing of metallic materials, skills in microstructural characterisation using various microscopy techniques and a working knowledge of mechanical testing of metallic materials is also an advantage.  

Applicants must be eligible for home tuition fees through either nationality, residency (living in the UK for at least three years and not wholly for educational purposes) or other connection to the UK. 

How to apply

Please email the following to isaac.chang@brunel.ac.uk AND cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk by 31st August 2019:

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • Your single A4 page, single-spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project;
  • Your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Evidence of your English language capability to IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, if appropriate;
  • Names and contact details for two academic referees;