PhD Studentship: Structural Integrity for Nuclear Applications

University of Bristol

Funding for (UK/EU/o’seas) UK nationals only

Funding amount Enhanced stipend of £18,000/fee bursary of £4,121

Hours Full time 3.5 years

Contract (temp/perm) Contract/temporary

The project:

Bristol is among the leading universities undertaking research and teaching in nuclear energy and related technologies. Home to both the South West Nuclear Hub and the Bristol-Oxford Nuclear Research Centre, students will form a cohort, connected to a vibrant and growing interdisciplinary nuclear research community. Group-wide meetings will be held on a regular basis to ensure a technical appreciation of all the projects within the programme and a broad appreciation of the different research disciplines: materials science, structural modelling and non-destructive evaluation. All studentships will be based at the University of Bristol and delivered in partnership with Frazer Nash Consultancy and the Ministry of Defence.

Structural Integrity for Nuclear Applicationscontact: Dr. Harry Coules, Harry.Coules@bristol.ac.uk

Thermal and residual stresses can compromise the structural integrity of mechanical components. This is a crucial consideration in nuclear reactor design, where safety-critical components may be affected. During this studentship you will work in the Solid Mechanics Research Group at the University of Bristol to study the interaction between thermal/residual loading and fracture in engineering alloys. You will investigate fundamental mechanisms of elastic-plastic fracture and apply this knowledge to more accurately predict the failure of nuclear reactor components. This work will require a broad range of experimental and modelling techniques including neutron diffraction and synchrotron X-ray diffraction at national facilities

How to apply:

Please make an online application for this project at http://www.bris.ac.uk/pg-howtoapply. Please select Mechanical Engineering (PhD) on the Programme Choice page. You will be prompted to enter details of the studentship in the Funding and Research Details sections of the form.

How to apply:

Please make an online application for this project at http://www.bris.ac.uk/pg-howtoapply. Please select Mechanical Engineering (PhD) on the Programme Choice page. You will be prompted to enter details of the studentship in the Funding and Research Details sections of the form.

Candidate requirements:  Candidates should hold a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science or a related field at 2:1 honours or above.

Funding: Frazer Nash Consultancy – Ministry of Defence

Contacts: Dr. Harry Coules, Harry.Coules@bristol.ac.uk

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South West England