Alloys-by-design: Manufacture of high performing porosity-engineered alloys PhD

Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Entry requirements:
2:1 +
3 years
6 years
Reference number:
Start date:
01 October 2018
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
09 March 2018



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Project detail

The simultaneous control of alloying materials coupled with the porosity gradation is a dilemma that currently intrigues researchers. An Alloys-by-design approach is used to control their mechanical properties along with the engineered location of mass where it is needed to enhance mechanical performance. This research topic is at a unique cross-road where these two issues are confluent. The use of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies for the control of porosity gradation and the bespoke alloying permitted by such technologies are challenges to be explored in this PhD. These engineered multifunctional structures have applications in sectors requiring high performance such as transport technologies (i.e. lightweight vehicles and aerospace structures) and bioengineering (customised medical implants).


Primary supervisor: Dr Carmen Torres-Sanchez

Secondary supervisor: Prof Paul Conway

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical, Manufacturing or Materials Engineering or a related subject.

A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Additive Manufacturing, Metallurgy, Manufacturing Processes and Materials Science.

All students must also meet the minimum English Language requirements.

Fees and funding


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.

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name select Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Please quote reference number: CTUF2018