PhD Research Opportunity: Ultrasonically-assisted materials processing to support sustainable power electronics

University of Nottingham

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Location:  UK Different
Closing Date:  Friday 15 December 2023
Reference:  ENG1699

Ultrasonic vibrations can alter the properties of supplies, and this phenomenon kinds the premise of some widely-used manufacturing and packaging processes. Nevertheless, the underlying mechanisms of ultrasonically-induced plasticity must be higher understood and modelled to extend the flexibility of what’s a comparatively clear, agile and environmentally pleasant method, notably in relation to electronics assemblies. This work helps wider efforts round transport electrification, renewable power and different vital functions. Nevertheless, the insights gained are anticipated to have relevance in lots of fields of analysis past these.

Candidates are invited to contribute to this thrilling space of analysis by way of a 3-year PhD mission which holistically explores and characterises processes of ultrasonically-induced plasticity and discovers how these could be harnessed past presently accepted limits to facilitate sustainable welding and sintering. Analysis will contain the correlative use of superior supplies and mechanical characterisation modalities to map materials change each spatially, temporally and the interactions between these three-dimensionally. State-of-the-art tools obtainable within the Energy Electronics Machines Centre and Nanoscale and Microscale Analysis Centre at Nottingham will likely be made use of. That is an thrilling alternative to play a task in growing new theories of understanding and predictions of reliability.

The profitable applicant will profit from working collaboratively with different researchers inside an inclusive and supportive cross-disciplinary analysis setting which values alternative ways of studying and dealing. Candidates with an curiosity in getting concerned in outreach actions to help inclusive and equitable analysis will likely be aided to construct and develop these skillsets alongside their analysis expertise.

Funding: A completely funded studentship, which incorporates UKRI minimal stipend per 12 months, topic to the applicant assembly the situations of admissions and funding.  Because of the nature of funding solely UK candidates could be thought-about.

Entry Necessities

Candidates will need to have or (or count on to realize) an excellent undergraduate diploma (not less than a UK 2:1 honours diploma or equal) in Supplies, Manufacturing Engineering, Physics, Chemistry or associated self-discipline.

Be happy to contact Dr Pearl Agyakwa for a casual chat concerning the mission. We look ahead to listening to from you.

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The College actively helps equality, range and inclusion and encourages functions from all sections of society.

 The College of Engineering gives a thriving working setting for all PGRs creating a powerful sense of neighborhood throughout analysis disciplines. Group and analysis tradition is necessary to our PGRs and the FoE help this by working intently with our Postgraduate Analysis Society (PGES) and our PGR Analysis Group Reps to reinforce the analysis setting for PGRs. PGRs profit from coaching by way of the Researcher Academy’s Coaching Programme, these primarily based throughout the College of Engineering have entry to bespoke programs developed for Engineering PGRs. together with classes on paper writing, networking and profession improvement after the PhD. The College has excellent amenities and works in partnership with main industrial companions. 

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