Material instability in metal alloys: quantification and prediction PhD

Department(s):
Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Entry requirements:
2:1+
Full-time:
3 years
Part-time:
not available
Reference number:
WS02
Start date:
01 October 2018
Is funding available?
Yes
UK/EU fees:
N/A
International fees:
TBC
Location:
Loughborough
Application deadline:
09 March 2018

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Overview

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career. 

Project detail

Structural materials used in modern engineering applications are more than ever today subjected to extreme loading and environmental conditions. The development of large strains either during manufacturing or in operational conditions often leads to non-trivial deformation modes, such as localisations and microfractures, which are precursors to catastrophic failure. Besides geometrical factors, these events have their roots to the material microstructure. The accurate description and modelling of the mechanical behaviour in these settings is still a challenge for the understanding of materials’ failure and the design of structural components that operate under extreme conditions.

The proposed research project aims at investigating the role of microstructure in the development of localised deformation modes in a class of lightweight metal alloys. The workplan consists of experimentation using state-of-the art monitoring techniques (micro-CT, Digital Image Correlation) that intends to quantify specific microstructural features that drive deformation at the microscale. In parallel, numerical codes at the crystalline level will be developed to incorporate the experimental information and predict the mechanical behaviour under different loading scenarios. 

Supervisors

Primary supervisor: Dr Konstantinos Baxevanakis

Secondary supervisor: Prof. Vadim Silberschmidt

Find out more

For further project details email Konstantinos Baxevanakis or register your interest and ask us a question.

Readings recommended:

  • K.P. Baxevanakis, C. Mo, M. Cabal and A. Kontsos, 2017. An integrated approach to model strain localization bands in magnesium alloys, Computational Mechanics (Online), http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00466-017-1480-6 
  • J.A. Cuadra, K.P. Baxevanakis, M. Mazzotti, I. Bartoli and A. Kontsos, 2016. Energy dissipation via acoustic emission in ductile crack initiation, International Journal of Fracture 199, 89-104, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10704-016-0096-8   

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Applied Mathematics or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Mechanical Engineering, Computational Solid Mechanics, Experimental Mechanics.

Applicants must meet the minimum English Language requirements, details available on the website.

Fees and funding

UK/EU:
N/A
International:
TBC

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

Please note that these studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and/or the following 30 projects that have been prioritised for funding; job advert ref: WS01 – WS30

If awarded, each 3 year studentship will provide a tax-free stipend of £14,786 p.a ( provisional), plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £4,262 p.a). While we welcome applications from non EU nationals, please be advised that due to funding retsrictions it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available. Successful candidates will be notified by 30th April 2018.

How to apply

All applications should be made online.  Under programme name, select Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Please quote reference number: WS02

Application details

Reference number:  WS02
Start date: 01 October 2018
Application deadline: 09 March 2018

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