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PhD Studentship - Fully Funded by EPSRC and Schmidt-Clemens Spain: Modelling of Complex Load Cycles at Elevated Temperature

Swansea University - Mechanical Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Swansea
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £18,622 p.a. *
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Placed On: 8th December 2023
Closes: 26th January 2024
Reference: RS498

Funding providers: EPSRC and Schmidt-Clemens Spain S.A.U.

*This scholarship covers the full cost of UK tuition fees and an annual stipend of £18,622.

Additional research expenses will also be available.

Subject areas: Mechanical/Materials Engineering

Project start date: 

  • 1 October 2024 (Enrolment open from mid-September)

Project description: 

Engineering components such as those found in high temperature plant applications are often subjected to cycles during which both stress and temperature change. These cycles can occur during normal service or during start-up/shut-down cycles and can significantly limit service lives of the components. Due to thermal gradients associated with heating and cooling, these load/thermal cycles are complex in nature and the cycle frequency is typically lower than that of a normal thermo-mechanical fatigue (TMF) cycle resulting in deformation dominated by creep mechanisms. The aim of this project is to develop a model for the deformation and damage that occurs during these complex cycles. A constitutive model which accounts for the effects of stress and temperature changes on material hardening and damage will be implemented within finite element (FE) software allowing predictions of component behaviour to be made. 

This PhD project will be part funded by Schmidt-Clemens (SC) who will be able to provide expertise and data to validate and verify the numerical models. 

Eligibility

Candidates must hold an Upper Second Class (2.1) honours degree in Engineering or similar relevant science discipline. If you are eligible to apply for the scholarship (i.e. a student who is eligible to pay the UK rate of tuition fees) but do not hold a UK degree, you can check our comparison entry requirements. Please note that you may need to provide evidence of your English Language proficiency.

English Language: IELTS 6.5 Overall (with no individual component below 5.5) or Swansea University recognised equivalent.

This scholarship is open to candidates of any nationality.

Please visit our website for more information on eligibility.

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