Postgraduate research

Creep-fatigue Life Prediction of High Temperature Materials

Qualification: PhD

Department: School of Engineering

Application deadline: 30 June 2022

Start date: 26 September 2022



Project description

Key degradation mechanisms for the high-temperature power plant are the microstructural degradation and creep-fatigue of steel components. Creep, fatigue and creep-fatigue performance of structural materials are limited by the microstructural degradation. The underlying need is to develop improved understanding and predictive models of the key microstructural evolution, deformation kinetics and damage processes so that the high-temperature lifetime of materials can be predicted. 

The aim of this PhD work is to develop mechanistic-based deformation and damage material constitutive laws, and incorporate them into crystal plasticity framework to predict the creep-fatigue deformation behaviour, damage processes and the failure life of fcc polycrystals (e.g. Type 316 stainless steel processed by both conventional means and additive manufacturing). You will also perform cutting-edge high-temperature testing and characterisation experiments to validate the model prediction across different length-scales from the atomistic to macroscopic level. This project also comes with financial supports for attending international meetings/workshops.



The 3.5 year Studentship provides:

  • Tuition Fees at UK fee rates
  • Stipend at UKRI rates which for 2022/3 will be £16,062 per year

International students are welcome to apply but must be able to fund the difference between UK and International fees for the duration of their studies*.

UK Fees for 2022/3 are £4,596 per year

International Fees for 2022/3 are £21,000 per year

*The difference in fees that International students will need to pay is £16,404

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to hold/or expect to obtain at least a UK Bachelor Degree 2:1 or better, or overseas equivalent in mechanics of materials, materials science, mechanical engineering or relevant subject area.  

In addition, successful applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • Familiar with mechanics of materials (or physical metallurgy of steels or relevant metallic materials) preferably with some experience of analytical and numerical materials modelling.
  • Demonstrable experience of analytical and/or numerical materials modelling, via Matlab, computer programming/coding, and/or numerical simulation software (e.g. ABAQUS).

The University of Leicester English language requirements apply where applicable.

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How to apply

How to apply

To apply, please use the 'Apply' button at the bottom of the page and select September 2022 from the dropdown menu.

With your online application, please include:

  • CV
  • Personal statement explaining your interest in the project, your experience and why we should consider you
  • Degree Certificates and Transcripts of study already completed and if possible transcript to date of study currently being undertaken
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (if applicable)
  • In the reference section please enter the contact details of your two academic referees in the boxes provided or upload letters of reference if already available.
  • In the funding section of the application, please specify that you wish to be considered for the Bo Chen 2022 studentship.
  • In the research proposal section please provide the name of the supervisors and project title (a research proposal is not required)



Open to UK and International* candidates

* Funding conditions apply. Please refer to the funding section for details.

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