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

Ultrasonic vibrations can alter the properties of supplies, and this phenomenon types the idea of some widely-used manufacturing and packaging processes. Nevertheless, the underlying mechanisms of ultrasonically-induced plasticity should be higher understood and modelled to extend the flexibility of what’s a comparatively clear, agile and environmentally pleasant approach, notably in relation to electronics assemblies. This work helps wider efforts round transport electrification, renewable power and different essential 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 may be harnessed past at present 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 gear obtainable within the Energy Electronics Machines Centre and Nanoscale and Microscale Analysis Centre at Nottingham shall be made use of. That is an thrilling alternative to play a job in creating 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 shall be aided to construct and develop these skillsets alongside their analysis abilities.

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

Entry Necessities

Candidates will need to have or (or anticipate to realize) an excellent undergraduate diploma (a minimum of 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 stay up for 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 School of Engineering gives a thriving working atmosphere for all PGRs creating a robust sense of group throughout analysis disciplines. Neighborhood and analysis tradition is essential 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 atmosphere for PGRs. PGRs profit from coaching by way of the Researcher Academy’s Coaching Programme, these based mostly throughout the School 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 School has excellent amenities and works in partnership with main industrial companions. 

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