Supervisor: Dr D.E.J Armstrong/ Professor S.G. Roberts
TheÂ plasma-facing components of any future fusion tokamakÂ will be subjected to one ofÂ the most extreme engineeringÂ environments possible, includingÂ temperatures of up to 1200oC in steady state and 3300oC in transient events, high erosion rates due to interactions with the fusion plasma, and irradiation with 14MeV neutrons. Understanding how basic mechanical properties are changed by neutron irradiation is critical if fusion devices are to be designed safely.
Tungsten is a prime candidate material, butÂ whilst there has been a large body of research lookingÂ at the mechanical properties of ion implanted tungsten, little work has been completed on understandingÂ the effect that neutron damage has on the mechanical properties and how comparable results on neutron- and ion-irradiated samples are.Â
This project will exploitÂ micro-mechanical testing techniques developed at Oxford to compare the changes in theÂ mechanical properties of self-ion-, proton- and neutron-irradiated tungsten alloys. TheÂ deformation processes will be studied using scanning and transmission electron microscopy,Â and commonalities and differences between the irradiation conditions identified. Testing of theÂ neutron- and proton-irradiated samples will be carried out in the newly commissioned hot cells at the Materials Research Facility at Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, andÂ self-ion-implanted materials in Oxford. TheÂ work will be carried out in close collaboration with CCFE, STFC and partners in the United States.
Candidates are considered in the January 2014 admissions cycle which has an application deadline of 24 January 2014.Â Due to funding restrictions this 3.5 year EPSRC Industrial CASE studentship will provide full fees and maintenance for a citizen of the UK or for a citizen of the EU who has spent the previous three years (or more) in the UK undertaking undergraduate study.Â The stipend is expected to be a minimum of Â£15,726 per year. Other EU citizens should read the guidance at http://www.materials.ox.ac.uk/admissions/postgraduate/eu.html for further information about eligibility.
Any questions concerning the project can be addressed to Dr David Armstrong ([email protected]).Â
General enquiries on how to apply can be made by e mail to [email protected].Â You must complete the standard Oxford University Application for Graduate Studies and further information and an electronic copy of the application form can be found by clicking the Apply link below.