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EngD Studentship - Measuring the Crystallographic Orientation and Elastic Constants of Multigrain Material

University of Nottingham - Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Nottingham
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 19th June 2019
Closes: 18th September 2019
Reference: ENG1288

Location: UK Other

Supervisor’s Name: Matt Clark, Richard Smith, Rikesh Patel, Wenqi Li

Industrial: Koichi Inagaki (IHI)

Applications are invited for a research studentship in the field of development of advanced non-destructive evaluation (NDE) techniques leading to the award of an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) degree.

Advanced engineering alloys are used in many high value, high performance industries. The performance of these parts is strongly dependant on both the elastic properties and the crystallographic structure. The design of alloys with specific properties and processing routes to obtain the ‘right’ microstructure for the part is incredibly important for increasing the capabilities of materials to meet the emerging needs of industry. The measurement of the elastic constants and the orientation non-destructively would have a large impact in this area. 

This EngD will focus on the development of methods to take advantage of the huge redundancy of information contained within crystallographic orientation images. These images are derived from acoustic measurements and so could be used to calculate the elastic constants of the material. This project requires development of forward models to predict the possible wave speeds for a given set of elastic constants and crystallographic orientations and the reverse model to extract orientation and elastic constants from acoustic measurements and include exploration of the accuracy of the method for orientation and the elastic constant measurements.

The student will be based at the Optics and Photonics Group at the University of Nottingham and during the course of studies will have two 3-month placements with IHI in Japan.

The post is supported by a bursary and fees (UK/EU student rate) provided by EPSRC, together with a generous top up by the sponsor company in excess of £20,000pa, tax free. The student will also be allocated an annual budget for consumables and travel expenses.

The studentship is offered through the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Innovation in NDE (FIND CDT) which is a partnership between a select group of universities and companies offering a 4-year Engineering doctorate designed to launch outstanding graduates into an engineering career. With close links to the related UK Research Centre in NDE, students are part of a vibrant community of more than 200 researchers and have access to a range of technical training courses delivered by world leading experts.

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