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Rationalisation of Al-alloy grades and specifications

One of the adverse consequences of dissipative use of metallic materials is that there are currently thousands of grades of metallic materials in commercial use today. Many of them differ only slightly in composition, processing conditions or origin of production, offering essentially the same performance. Unnecessary alloying elements and excessively tight alloy specifications increase production costs, reduce resource productivities, cause more environmental damage, and make the end-of-life products difficult (if not impossible) to recycle. This is not compatible with Circular Economy (EC) principles. Recycling can be improved significantly with materials rationalised and products engineered from the start for this purpose.

This project aims to rationalise alloy grades and specifications of aluminium alloys to facilitate full metal circulation. The project contributes to slowing the resource loop by design for standardisation and compatibility. The specific research activities include: (1) simplification of alloy systems based on their compositions, thermomechanical history, levels of performance and fields of application; (2) standardisation of alloy compositions by using commonly available alloying elements and avoiding the recyclability-limiting elements; (3) optimisation of thermomechanical treatment procedures for high performance; and (4) development of new alloy specifications.

The funding amount is £88,918 for 4 years duration.

Eligibility

The successful candidates are required to have a first-class or upper second-class honour degree in metallurgy, materials science or a related field of physical sciences or engineering. A Master’s level qualification is desirable but not essential.

How to apply

Please email dmitry.eskin@brunel.ac.uk the following documentation for consideration:

  • (1) an up-to-date CV,
  • (2) a single-page personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project,
  • (3) names and contact details of three referees and
  • (4) a copy of your highest degree certificate and transcript to