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PhD Studentship Opportunity in the Control of Corrosion in Cast Iron Trunk Main

University of Surrey

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: London
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £17,000 stipend per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 29th April 2019
Expires: 29th July 2019

Studentship description

Extensive research has been undertaken to determine the mechanisms of corrosion in cast iron, and the factors that affect corrosion rate. It will investigate methods of preventing such corrosion from occurring and disrupting active corrosion in existing structures. 

This project will seek to develop methods to control the rate (type and extent) of corrosion within buried trunk main over time. Laboratory studies will be used to assess the effectiveness of methods for reducing the rates of general and local corrosion within already degraded cast iron trunk main in service. The impact of applying corrosion control methods on the load capacity of the pipe wall material will also be assessed. You will be based in the Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences here at the University of Surrey – within the Centre for Doctoral Training in Micro & NanoMaterials Technologies (MiNMaT). You will work closely with the research engineers based at the sponsor’s (Thames Water) Water Innovation Centre at Kempton Park Water Treatment Works in south-west London 

The project will start on the 1st October 2019 and will finish on the 31st March 2023. 

Entry requirements 

This project requires a First, Upper Second, or Merit at Masters in a physical sciences subject. 

Non-native speakers of English will be required to have IELTS 6.5 or above (or equivalent).


This studentship attracts a stipend of £17,000 per annum – all fees will be met separately to that amount. Please see our Centre website for background information View Website 

How to apply

All interested parties should in the first instance contact the Centre Manager, Noelle Hartley, by email for guidance on next steps:

Closing date for applications:

Applications accepted all year round

Application enquiries

Noelle Hartley, 01483 683467

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