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PhD Studentship: Tribological Properties and Wear Mechanisms of 3D Printed Nanocomposites (LIUD_U20SCIO)

University of East Anglia - School of Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Norwich
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Home/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of £15,009 for 3 years
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 13th December 2019
Closes: 30th January 2020

Start date: 1 Oct 2020

Supervisor: Dr Dianzi Liu

Project description: 

The rapid development of industry puts a higher demand on materials’ performances. Preparation of new materials with a high level of quality is important for their applications. The laser 3D printing technology provides a new preparation method for manufacturing new materials. Its unique advantage is demonstrated by the fabrication of nano particles reinforced metal matrix composites. Therefore, based on 3D printing technology, the proposed research aims at investigating the preparation mechanism of metallic glass reinforced aluminium alloys.

Major Aims of this project will focus on:

  • To theoretically and experimentally investigate the influence of laser cladding parameters on macroscopic morphologies of the new material considering the laser powers, frequencies, scanning speeds and defocus amounts, etc.
  • To analyse the microstructures and phase compositions of the cross section using the test equipments of laser scanning confocal microscope (LSCM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD).
  • To characterize the enhanced mechanical performance such as hardness and wear resistance of cladding sections.
  • To analyse the influence of cladding parameters on tribological properties of as-prepared materials.

Person Specification: 

Acceptable first degree in Material Science, Engineering, Mathematics.

The standard minimum entry requirement is 2:1.

Funding notes: 

This PhD project is in a competition for a Faculty of Science funded studentship. Funding is available to UK/EU applicants and comprises home/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of £15,009 for 3 years. Overseas applicants may apply but they are required to fund the difference between home/EU and overseas tuition fees (which for 2019-20 are detailed on the University’s fees pages at Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual increase).

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