|Location:||Newcastle upon Tyne|
|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students, International Students|
|Funding amount:||£17,668 (2022-23 UKRI rate)|
|Placed On:||24th January 2023|
|Closes:||28th February 2023|
100% fees covered, and a minimum tax-free annual living allowance of £17,668 (2022-23 UKRI rate)
Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is crucially important to meet globally agree climate/temperature targets. Maritime transport emits around 940 million tonnes of CO2 annually. Biofouling, the growth of marine plants and animals on the hull of a vessel, can significantly increase the drag of the hull and consequently fuel use and GHG emissions. Fouling control coatings are the primary means to minimise biofouling accrual. Underwater cleaning of these coatings is often required due to various operational considerations (water temperature, route, speed etc). However, the impact of in-water cleaning on the integrity of the fouling-control coating and its expected in-service lifetime is not well understood.
The purpose of this project is to investigate the fundamental physical parameters that control the integrity of fouling control coatings and their ongoing antifouling performance after underwater cleaning. The project consists of elements of material surface science, engineering design, mechanical characterisations, experimentation, biomechanical modelling and data analysis. Underwater cleaning is an emerging market but to determine the impact on fouling control coating and their performance required development of new testing methods and fundamental understanding of the results.
Number Of Awards
18th September 2023
Application Closing Date
28th February 2023
Academic supervisor : Dr Jinju (Vicky) Chen, Newcastle University
Industrial supervisor: Dr Lyndsey Tyson, AkzoNobel
You must have, or expect to gain, a minimum 2:1 Honours degree or international equivalent in a subject relevant to the proposed PhD project (inc. Engineering, Computing, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics etc.). Enthusiasm for research, the ability to think and work independently, excellent analytical skills and strong verbal and written communication skills are also essential requirements.
Home and international applicants (inc. EU) are welcome to apply and if successful will receive a full studentship. Applicants whose first language is not English require an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills.
International applicants may require an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate prior to obtaining their visa and to study on this programme.
How To Apply
You must apply through the University’s Apply to Newcastle Portal
Once registered select ‘Create a Postgraduate Application’.
Use ‘Course Search’ to identify your programme of study:
You will then need to provide the following information in the ‘Further Questions’ section:
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