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2 x PhD Opportunities: Solidification of Metallic Alloys

University College Dublin

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Dublin - Ireland
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Covers PhD fees for EU students, stipend, and travel expenses
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 12th October 2018
Closes: 23rd November 2018

4-year scholarships to cover PhD fees, stipend, and travel expenses

Two new PhD opportunities are immediately available for suitably qualified candidates. One is sponsored by the European Space Agency (ESA), the other by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) as part of the I-Form Research Centre based at UCD.

1. ESA project on alloy solidification in space

UCD has been involved over a number of years in ESA-funded research on the effects of gravity on alloy solidification – which is important in manufacturing processes such as casting, welding and additive manufacturing. In particular, funding is now available for a PhD student to work on a project (called XRMON) on X-Ray MONitoring of solidification processes in space. This will include design, execution and analysis of experiments on short-duration microgravity facilities like parabolic fights and sounding rockets, with plans currently being made for long-duration experiments on the International Space Station. It is envisaged that the student will have the opportunity to experience zero gravity directly and personally by participating in an ESA parabolic flight campaign. 

2. I-Form project on Additive Manufacturing with Metals

The new I-Form Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, funded by Science Foundation Ireland and based at UCD, will draw together research expertise from academia and industry to deliver innovation in Additive Manufacturing (AM) techniques and processes. I-Form research combines novel metrology, materials science, computational modelling, data analytics and control theory to achieve significantly enhanced AM processing efficiency for metals and polymers.

For AM of metallic alloys, we will develop and validate new models for the simulation of powder flow, metal melting, melt flow, metal solidification, and microstructure evolution, as well as constitutive models of resulting mechanical properties. The overall goal is to deliver a process-structure-property through-process model for the first time. As part of this new research programme, Prof. David Browne is recruiting a PhD student to work on the computational modelling of the melting and solidification phenomena which occur layer-by-layer in 3D printing involving scanning a bed of metal alloy powder particles with laser or electron beams.

Expertise and Education required

Upper Honours Bachelors or Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, or Metallurgy. The candidate should have excellent communication skills – written and oral – in English, good mathematical, experimental and computer skills, and be capable of team-work.

Interested graduates, or current final year students, should send their CV, indicating preferred PhD project, along with a cover letter, to:

Professor David J. Browne
School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland,
Tel. +353 1 716 1901
preferably via email:

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