PhD Studentship in AL-alloys for Automotive Applications

Brunel University London

(2 positions)

Applications are invited for a number of full time 3-year EPSRC Industrial CASE PhD studentships in research associated with the development of high strength Al-alloys in BCAST at Brunel University London and in collaboration with Constellium. Applicants who are non-native speakers must possess an English language qualification acceptable by the university.

BCAST is a speciality research centre focusing on solidification related research with an international reputation and hosts the National Centre of Excellence in liquid metal engineering (the EPSRC Future LiME Hub). BCAST is well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for both solidification processing and materials characterisation. We cover fundamental research, technological development and industrial applications in the field of solidification and materials processing.

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The work will take place in BCAST’s Advanced Metal Casting Centre (AMCC) and Advanced Metal Processing Centre (AMPC), which are new scale-up facilities that bridge the gap between fundamental research and full scale industrialisation and are aimed at meeting the short, medium and long term needs of the automotive industry. The project will be part of the activities of the Constellium University Technology Centre (UTC) established with BCAST.

The successful candidate will join a team working on the development of ultra-high performance 6xxx aluminium alloys for automotive applications. He/she will focus on one of the following topics based on their experience and interest:

  1. Understanding manufacturing induced mechanical properties through computer modelling and simulation of both materials and processes.
  2. Understanding the formation mechanisms and developing effective approaches to control secondary phase particles during the melt conditioned direct chill (MC-DC) casting process developed by BCAST.
  3. Understanding the interactions between heat treatment and deformation processing aiming to achieve significant improvement of mechanical performance.
  4. Understanding the interactions between precipitates and dislocations using advanced electronic microscopy techniques.


Applicants are required to have an upper second or first class undergraduate honours degree (or a recognised equivalent from an overseas university) in metallurgy/materials science or another related engineering or physical science. A Masters level qualification is desirable. In addition, the successful candidate should be highly motivated, able to work within a team and have good communication skills. The successful candidates are expected to commence at the latest in October 2017

If you wish to apply, please email the following by 20 August 2017:

  • An up to date CV;
  • A single page (A4), single spaced personal statement setting out why you are interested in undertaking this project;
  • Names and contact details of 3 referees;
  • A copy of your highest degree certificate and transcript;
  • Copy of your English Language qualification, if appropriate.

Informal enquiries and applications should be directed to Dr. C. Mendis: Email: / Tel: +44-1895-268502.

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