Phd Studentship- Numerical Modelling of Suspension and Solution Precursor (SSP) Thermal Spray Processes

University of Nottingham

Applications are invited for a fully funded 3 year PhD studentship within the top-rated Coating Materials for Energy (CME), Advanced Materials Research Group. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) the Faculty ranked 3rd in the General Engineering Panel. This studentship is an excellent opportunity to become involved at the forefront of numerical modelling of nanoparticles in an emerging coating technology and to join an internationally renowned research team.

The PhD Project
Suspension or solution precursor (SSP) thermal spraying is a novel spraying technology which utilises liquid with nanometer, submicrometer particles or solutions to deposit coatings for various engineering applications including water purification, solar cell, fuel cell, aero engine etc. The particles are accelerated to supersonic velocities and the particles upon impact with the surface deform plastically and cool down rapidly to form a coating.  

The process is complex due to rapid heating, evaporation and cooling. The size of the nanoparticles are beyond the detection limit of current particle imaging techniques, hence, in this exciting project the student will model two high velocity oxy-fuel thermal spray torches to study the particle behaviour (trajectory, agglomeration, temperature, velocities etc.), which will enhance our understanding of the science for improved coating properties. The project if focused on renewable energy applications. 

The student must have the equivalent of a UK 1st or 2.1 class degree in mathematics, physics, materials, mechanical or chemical engineering. The candidate should have a natural aptitude for numerical modelling. The student must be proficient in both written and spoken English, possess excellent communication skills and wiling work in a team.

The PhD studentship will cover full university tuition fees and a tax-free stipend at current EPSRC rate (up to £16 k per annum) for 3 years. Due to funding restrictions, this opportunity is only available to students who qualify for Home/ EU tuition fees.  The studentship is expected to start in October 2016.

Applications, with a detailed CV and a cover letter, together with the names and addresses of two referees, should be sent directly to Dr. Tanvir Hussain ( 

Formal applications can be made online through the University website:

Early application is strongly encouraged.

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