PhD Studentship - Material Instability in Metal Alloys: Quantification and Prediction

Loughborough University

Application details:

Start date: 1st October 2018

Closing date: 9th March 2018


Primary supervisor: Dr. Konstantinos Baxevanakis

Secondary supervisor: Prof. Vadim Silberschmidt

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

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Project Detail:

Structural materials used in modern engineering applications are more than ever today subjected to extreme loading and environmental conditions. The development of large strains either during manufacturing or in operational conditions often leads to non-trivial deformation modes, such as localisations and microfractures, which are precursors to catastrophic failure. Besides geometrical factors, these events have their roots to the material microstructure. The accurate description and modelling of the mechanical behaviour in these settings is still a challenge for the understanding of materials’ failure and the design of structural components that operate under extreme conditions.

The proposed research project aims at investigating the role of microstructure in the development of localised deformation modes in a class of lightweight metal alloys. The workplan consists of experimentation using state-of-the art monitoring techniques (micro-CT, Digital Image Correlation) that intends to quantify specific microstructural features that drive deformation at the microscale. In parallel, numerical codes at the crystalline level will be developed to incorporate the experimental information and predict the mechanical behaviour under different loading scenarios.

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K.P. Baxevanakis, C. Mo, M. Cabal and A. Kontsos, 2017. An integrated approach to model strain localization bands in magnesium alloys, Computational Mechanics (Online),

J.A. Cuadra, K.P. Baxevanakis, M. Mazzotti, I. Bartoli and A. Kontsos, 2016. Energy dissipation via acoustic emission in ductile crack initiation, International Journal of Fracture 199, 89-104,

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Applied Mathematics or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Mechanical Engineering, Computational Solid Mechanics, Experimental Mechanics.

Funding information:

Please note that these studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and/or the following 30 projects that have been prioritised for funding; job advert ref: WS01 – WS30

If awarded, each 3 year studentship will provide a tax-free stipend of £14,786 p.a ( provisional), plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £4,262 p.a). While we welcome applications from non EU nationals, please be advised that due to funding retsrictions it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available. Successful candidates will be notified by 30th April 2018.

Contact details:

Name: Konstantinos Baxevanakis

Email address:

Telephone number:  +44 (0) 1509 227030

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select  Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Please quote reference number: WS02

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