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EngD Studentship: Development of the Process for Tree Design for Large Area Thin Walled Castings in High Temperatures Alloys for Hot-gas-path Jet Engine Components

Cranfield University - Cranfield University and TPC Components AB

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Cranfield
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £24,000 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 11th July 2018
Closes: 11th October 2018

Application deadline: ongoing
Duration of award: 4 years
Funding amount: £24,000
Award type: EngD
Supervisor: Professor Mark Jolly

Cranfield University and TPC Components AB are seeking a top class candidate to undertake research leading to the award of an International Engineering Doctorate awarded jointly by the Universities of Warwick, Exeter and Cranfield.

Project Overview

As a ‘research engineer’ on our International Doctorate programme you will have unrivalled access to some of the best teaching and industrial expertise in the world, across three universities. While you will be based at Cranfield University and TPC Components, you will also spend time at Warwick and Exeter Universities to give you the broadest possible experience. You will emerge from the four-year programme more confident and better equipped to make a difference to your company and the global marketplace.

This opportunity also provides a substantial tax free stipend equivalent to many graduate jobs.

The project will investigate the following stages which are novel for the supporting company.

  1. methods of modelling and simulation for cluster design (for large area, thin walled components in high temperatures alloys) introducing statistical optimization methods to optimize design with respect to defect and inclusion formation from filling and solidification, alloy consumption, dimensional tolerances/stability,
  2. selection of appropriate simulation tools, strategy for simulation, comparison of different simulation tools
  3. Developing accurate models for solidification specifically for large area thin walled structures IN718. It may be interesting to compare this with other heat resistant alloys like Haynes 282
  4. developing and applying models to predict deflection during cooling of large area thin walled structures in IN718

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have a minimum of an upper second (2.1) honours degree (or equivalent) preferably in Materials/Mechanical Engineering but candidates other degrees in Engineering or Physical Sciences would be considered.


Qualifying students an attractive enhanced stipend which could be tax and NI free depending on your personal circumstances, paid by the Centre and topped up by a contribution from TPC Components. For 2018 this totals approximately £20,000 tax free per annum. More information about the centre is available on the CDT website.

The funding is for four years and will also cover University tuition fees and all course fees as well as a travel allowance to attend courses as well as a period of time at a foreign placement not being the sponsor company.

This project is open to resident UK or EU students under current funding regulations and restrictions. Non-UK/EU students and Non-UK resident EU students meeting the academic requirements are also welcome to apply as a small proportion of places are available which provide funding to cover a proportion of the fees and provide a stipend. They may also apply if they are able to self-fund the 4 year programme.

How to apply

To apply please complete our online enquiry form and upload your CV.

For further information please contact: 
Professor Mark Jolly
T: +44 (0) 1234 750111 Ext: 5623

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