University of Birmingham and associated with Rolls-Royce.
PhD fees paid and stipend (approx. Â£13600/yr.).
Looking for an opportunity to carry out industrially relevant, yet fundamental research?
This project aims at studying surface phenomena during the heat treatment of single crystal superalloys. These alloys are used in the hottest section of aero-engines. They derive their exceptionally high temperature properties through a careful balance of the 10 alloying elements and sophisticated processing during manufacture of components. The latter commonly involves casting followed by heat treatment during which reactions with the furnace atmosphere can damage components. This phenomenon is as today not very well understood.
The aim of this project is to study the changes in the materials microstructure close to the surface during heat treatment. Different alloys under various conditions will be analysed and characterised. This will allow determining in the influence of different alloying elements and process parameters. Modelling capabilities for the prediction of these effects will be developed based on the experimental findings.
This project would be ideal for a candidate with a background in Metallurgy, Materials Science or related fields (Physics, Chemistry, etc.) with an interest in problem solving and modelling of advanced materials. Knowledge on superalloys would be helpful, but not mandatory. We expect an individual will a strong desire to learn and develop, and offer a fundamental but yet applied research environment.
Due to funding restrictions the position is open for UK and EU nationals.
Interested? Then please send your cv to:
Nils Warnken, School of Metallurgy and Materials, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT