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Postgraduate research project

Modelling the role of hard particles in hard facing alloys (UK, USA and Australian applicants only)

Fully funded (UK and international)
Type of degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Entry requirements
2:1 honours degree
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Faculty graduate school
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Closing date

About the project

This project aims to examine the role of the hard phase in supporting galling resistance and developing a microstructural model. This allows the role of the hard phase to be investigated under a range of operating loads informed by experiments. 

This PhD studentship is open only to UK, USA and Australian applicants. 

Hard facing alloys, such as those used in nuclear power plant, are composite materials comprising carbides (and other hard phases), in galling resistant metallic matrices.

While limited to valves and operating mechanisms, the issue of debris transfer can lead to activation and plating in different sections of the nuclear plant, including the core.

This project will be sponsored by Rolls-Royce Submarines, Derby. As a PhD student, you’ll receive invitations to their annual sponsored student conference.

You’ll be able to attend two international conferences and would gain skills in surface engineering, advanced experimental techniques, modelling and research-industry interactions. 

There will also be opportunities for short placements or possible future employment with Rolls-Royce. The project will involve interaction with researchers at Imperial, Nottingham, Sheffield and access to rigs at the Henry Royce Institute.

This project is funded by the Centre for Doctoral Training in Complex Integrated Systems for Defence & Security (CISDnS). They are recruiting candidates interested in digital, physical, and biological systems to create a diverse and interconnected training environment.

Besides training with a world-leading research group, a CISDnS membership will give you the skills and knowledge to handle real-world interdisciplinary challenges through a Systems Thinking approach.

You will learn about wider research and innovation challenges in the defence and security sector from your peers and supporting industry partners.