This scholarship is funded by Swansea University’s College of Engineering.

Subject areas: Materials Science and Engineering, Corrosion, Manufacturing

Start date: October 2019

Project description

Additive manufacturing (AM) is a rapidly developing technology which offers increased design freedom and flexibility, as well as shorter lead times and reduced wastage. The viability of AM is consequently of significant interest to a range of industries including automotive, aerospace and nuclear.

Whilst AM presents many opportunities, its flexibility gives rise to a wide array of process variables which impact the properties of manufactured parts. The lack of knowledge regarding the reliability and reproducibility of parts limits the integration of AM into several industries, particularly those in which safety critical components are used.

This project aims to investigate the effect of both build, and post build heat treatment, parameters, on the corrosion (and mechanical) performance of AM components. The results will be compared with those obtained in the case of components manufactured using traditional processing methods with the hope that AM may be safely and confidently integrated into the UK’s manufacturing mix. 

The project offers the candidate an exciting opportunity to work at the cutting edge of research and produce outputs of significant impact across a wide range of stakeholder industries. Completion of a PhD in this area will equip the successful candidate with a strong foundation of the skills and knowledge necessary for a career in rapidly expanding industry.

Project supervisors: Dr Natalie Wint and Professor Nick Lavery

Available resources/facilities: The prospective student will be part of the Materials Research Centre (MRC) at Swansea University and supported by the Swansea Additive Manufacturing Research (SAMR) and the Corrosion and Coatings Research Group (CCRG) on a day to day basis.

The CCRG specialises in the assessment of metallic corrosion and inhibition mechanisms using advanced scanning electrochemical techniques and in-situ imaging of corrosion at a microstructural level. The expertise within the group lays across numerous metallic materials such as steel, stainless steels, zinc, aluminium alloys and magnesium as well as new inorganic and organic chemical inhibitor systems associated with organic coatings. The international reputation of the group is demonstrated through active collaborations with world leading corrosion research groups and over 20 industry partners ranging from large scale multinationals to SMEs and spinouts.

The SAMR group have been developing a track record in Laser Powder Bed Fusion (a metal-based additive layer manufacturing process) over the past six years. The SAMR laboratories house two new Renishaw machines as well as manufacturing support equipment such as a hot isostatic press, an Electric Discharge Machine and Coordinate Measurement Machines. It is currently made up of 5-6 postdoctoral researchers funded on Welsh Government projects develop new powder metals such as high entropy alloys. The team is complimented by 7-8 PhD/EngD students at various stages of completion sponsored by industry.

The CCRG group has recently been awarded £4.5 million from EPSRC for a Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in functional coatings and corrosion supporting 50 new doctorate students. 

The student will enter the thriving PGR community associated with the CDT and thus will have significant peer and academic and administrative support, as well as experience of industrial support in the MRC and the delivery of applied research to service the end user.

Students will benefit from the existing relationships with industrial stakeholders in AM technology.

For more details please see herehttps://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/engineering-phd-corrosion-performance---php

Administrative Contacts & How To Apply

To apply, please complete and submit the following documents to Dr Natalie Wint (n.wint@swansea.ac.uk):

  • College of Engineering PGR Scholarship Application
  • Two-page CV
  • Degree certificates and transcripts
  • Cover letter and ‘Supplementary Personal Statement’ to explain why the position particularly matches your skills and experience and how you choose to develop the project
  • Contact details of at least two referees (academic or previous employer) for letters of recommendation

For enquiries please contact Dr Natalie Wint (n.wint@swansea.ac.uk).

Entry Requirements

Candidates should hold a first or upper second class honours degree (or its equivalent) in engineering, mathematics, chemistry or physics, or a Master’s degree in a subject area related to the project.

Experience of conducting experimental laboratory work is desirable. Experience in metallurgy, manufacturing and/or corrosion is strongly desirable.

We would normally expect the academic and English Language requirements (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent) to be met by point of application. For details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit – http://www.swansea.ac.uk/admissions/english-language-requirements/

Due to funding restrictions this scholarship is open to UK/EU candidates only. 

Funding Notes

This scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of £15,009.

There will be additional funds available for research expenses.

EU nationals that have been resident in the UK for 3 years, including residence for the purpose of full-time education, are eligible to stipend. EU nationals that are not resident in the UK are eligible for fees only. 

Funding Information

Application Deadline:

19 July 2019

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