PhD Research Student

ETS Technical Sales
West Midlands
10 Jan 2018
09 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Top-flight Graduate Mechanical/Electrical Engineer sought for PhD Studentship

(East Midlands)

Tax-free stipend of £18K, plus PhD Registration Fees

Applications are sought for a University engineering role addressing the development of improved methods for crack growth detection methods for critical parts in the aerospace industry.

The position arises from a very long-standing engineering research relationship between the University and Rolls-Royce plc and the person appointed will have substantial opportunity to spend several short periods working at the company and/or to have significant interaction with an expert technical customer throughout the study.

Cracks are a fact of life in stressed components and all critical components must be designed such that where cracks exist or come to exist, they will not grow so quickly that they endanger the integrity of that component in service. Much is known about fracture mechanics but the portfolio of methods presently available to support the detection of crack shape and extent during testing does not yet provide the level of information required. This study will address that shortcoming and will focus, in the first instance, on methods based on AC potential difference ('ACPD') measurements using multiple trial frequencies simultaneously to enrich the information content. The PhD will be based in the Gas Turbine Transmission Systems Research Centre.

The successful candidate will have a first-class or upper second-class honours degree in mechanical/electrical engineering.

This role may be especially suited to practising mechanical engineers who graduated since 2010 and who feel they would like to reenergise their career trajectory.

Because this is an 'Industrial CASE' studentship, the position is open to UK nationals only

The role is funded as a PhD studentship and should result in the award of a PhD from the University following three years of work.

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