PhD Research Studentship: Development of Methods for Advanced Understanding of the Crack Growth Behaviour in Aerospace Materials, University of Nottingham

University of Nottingham
Study in:UK
Deadline: 10 November 2017

PhD Research Studentship: Development of Methods for Advanced Understanding of the Crack Growth Behaviour in Aerospace Materials, University of Nottingham: Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship (4 years) to work within the Gas Turbines and Transmissions Centre within the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham and in association with Rolls-Royce plc. The University of Nottingham’s Faculty of Engineering is one of the premier Engineering
faculties in the UK. The Faculty conducts research that has been recognised by the last Research Assessment Exercise as being world-leading/internationally excellent, placing Nottingham in the UK’s top five universities for Engineering. The Faculty is a vibrant and supportive environment in which to work. It provides state-of-the art experimental and computational facilities and attracts leading scholars from around the world.

Project Background

In the design of new critical aerospace components, knowledge of the rate at which cracks propagate is of great importance. Electrical signals can be used to provide such measurements, typically by direct current potential difference (DCPD). The use of alternating current potential difference (ACPD) presents opportunity for obtaining advanced understanding of the details of the crack growth behaviour and it is the development of this which forms the basis of this PhD project. More specifically, if novel information of the geometry of the growing crack was available, as well as the average length, this could significantly impact on the way in which the components are designed, run and monitored in service. If the response of the potential difference across the crack could be measured for several alternating current frequencies simultaneously, it is hypothesised that the outputted data relating to several electrical skin depths can be used to build up a profile of the crack shape.

Test Results are being generated at the University of Nottingham and the focus of the proposed project is to progress the interpretation of the data generated to crack development. The successful PhD student will work alongside another PhD student and a post-doctoral researcher involved in a related project. This project is supported industrially by Rolls-Royce plc. as well as the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) though and industrial case (ICASE).

Studentship Information

The studentship is expected to start on 1st January 2018 and will cover PhD tuition fees and a tax-free stipend for four years (£15,108 per annum) for UK/EU students.

Formal applications are to be made via

For informal queries, please contact project supervisor Chris Hyde by sending an email to, with ENG1138 in the subject box. The deadline for application is Friday 10th November and interviews are expected to take place w/c 27th November 2017.

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