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PhD Studentship: Thermal and Mechanical Properties of Ceramic Composites

University of Bristol

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bristol
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: 3.5 years at the UKRI rate (currently £15,609 per annum for 2021/22)
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 30th November 2021
Closes: 31st January 2022

The project:

SiC-based ceramic-Matrix Composites (CMCs) are considered to be one of the prime structural materials to replace metals for certain applications in harsh environments in nuclear fission and fusion reactors. The evolution of the thermal and mechanical properties of CMCs with irradiation damage and thermal cycling are critical for supporting the safe operation of reactors and forward life-predictions. Moreover, this class of materials is also actively researched in aerospace industry as components in jet engines to survive even higher temperatures.

In this project, we are looking for a dedicated and proactive candidate to join our group to work primarily on nuclear fission/fusion SiC-SiC composite materials, and also collaborate with other Postdocs and PhD students on aerospace-grade SiC-SiC CMCs. This is an experimental-based project, but you will also interface with modelling experts outside Bristol. You will be conducting thermal conductivity measurement using a unique instrument in Bristol and will run experiments at large national and international facilities. Other cutting-edge techniques you will be trained on include micro-mechanical testing and nano- and micro-tomography imaging.

We are a large group comprise of about 12 PhD/PDRAs, and we provide full support for new students. We are looking for someone who can comfortably work within a team but also has strong responsibility of their own project. This project will involve a range of collaborators in the UK and USA, therefore the PhD student would receive a rewarding and beneficial training by interacting with academics, national labs and industrial partners. Secondment opportunities with an industrial collaborator is also possible.

Should you like to know more details about this project please send me an email at dong.liu@bristol.ac.uk and we can arrange online discussions. Interviews with individuals could start before the closing date for efficiency, therefore please get in touch if you are strongly interested.

How to apply:

Please make an online application for this project at http://www.bris.ac.uk/pg-howtoapply. Please select Physics PhD on the Programme Choice page. You will be prompted to enter details of the studentship in the Funding and Research Details sections of the form. Please make sure you include the title of studentship and the contact supervisor in your Personal Statement.

Candidate requirements: 

Candidates should have completed an undergraduate degree (minimum 2(i) honours or equivalent) in Physics, Materials, Chemistry or Engineering.

Funding:

This studentship is fully funded under the EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership. Funding will cover tuition fees at the UK student level and an annual stipend for up to three and half years at the standard UKRI stipend rate (currently £15,609 per annum for 2021/22).

Contacts:

Dr. Dong (Lilly) Liu

dong.liu@bristol.ac.uk

Subject Areas: Map your PhD to a maximum of 10 subject areas:

Nuclear Fission, Nuclear Fusion, Aerospace, Ceramics, Materials, Thermal, Mechanical

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