iCASE PhD Studentship in Development of Methods for Monitoring of Fatigue Degradation in Steel Components

Imperial College London - Department of Mechanical Engineering

Applications are invited for a research studentship in the field of development of advanced non-destructive evaluation (NDE) techniques leading to the award of a PhD degree. The post is supported by a bursary and fees (at the UK/EU student rate) provided by the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Quantitative NDE, http://www.rcnde.ac.uk/home-cdt/, together with a generous top-up by two sponsor companies, Wood plc and Rolls-Royce Submarines. EPSRC candidates should fulfil the eligibility criteria for the award. Please check your suitability at the following web site: http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/Pages/eligibility.aspx.

The aim of this doctoral research is to develop new NDE techniques for the inspection and monitoring of fatigue degradation in safety critical steel components. It is expected that the research will involve the use primarily of ultrasonic techniques; however, the development of other NDE techniques may also be appropriate.

This area represents a strong interest for both the above industrial sponsors and the NDE industry, especially UK's Research Centre for Non-Destructive Evaluation (RCNDE - https://www.rcnde.ac.uk/). The project will involve both laboratory-based, data processing and analytical work. It is expected that a total of at least three months will be spent at the offices of the industrial sponsors.

You will be an enthusiastic and self-motivated person who meets the academic requirements for enrolment for a doctorate at Imperial College. You will have at least an upper 2nd class honours degree in engineering, physics, mathematics or a related subject, strong mathematical ability and an enquiring and rigorous approach to research together with a strong intellect and disciplined work habits. Good team-working, observational and communication skills are essential.

To find out more about research at Imperial College in this area, go to (http://www.imperial.ac.uk/non-destructive-evaluation).

This is a 4-year iCASE PhD studentship; you will study primarily at the university but spend some time with Wood plc (whose relevant office is located in Warrington, and / or Rolls-Royce Submarines, who are located in Derby. For further details of the post contact Professor Mike Lowe (m.lowe@imperial.ac.uk). Interested applicants should send up-to-date curriculum vitae to (Ms. Nina Hancock at n.hancock@imperial.ac.uk). Suitable candidates will be required to complete an electronic application form at Imperial College London in order for their qualifications to be addressed by College Registry.

The project will start on any date before October 2018 depending on the availability of the most suitable candidate.

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