Adhesion of powders to metal surfaces during compaction

Qualification: PhD

Department: School of Engineering

Application deadline: 30th September 2019

Start date: January 2020 - there may be some flexibility regarding the start date

Overview

Supervisor

Prof. I.C. Sinka  ics4@le.ac.uk

Project Description

Adhesion of powders to the surfaces of tooling used for compaction of pharmaceuticals, detergents, food, catalysts, ceramics, etc. is a severe manufacturing problem. The aim of this project is to develop a fundamental understanding of this long standing practical problem, which is commonly known in industry as “sticking”. The project will examine a new hypotheses requiring fundamental research into adhesion of materials to surfaces.  The methodology includes detailed analysis of the deformation, sliding and adhesion of particles in the vicinity of tool surfaces during the compression of powders together with careful experimentation to obtain material parameters (e.g. particle properties, including size, shape, elastic and plastic deformation, breakage, thermal properties, crystallinity and amorphous content, surface energy etc.) that evolve as a function of processing conditions.

Funding

Funding

Funding is available from the International Fine particle Research Institute www.ifpri.net for a 3 year full time studentship.

The studentship provides a stipend at UKRI rates which for 2019 will be £15,009.  It also provide a tuition fee waiver at UK/EU rates (£4,327 for 2019/0). 

International applicants are eligible, however, they need additional funding sources to cover the fee difference between the UK/EU and international fee rates.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A UK 1st class honours degree or upper second class honours degree or overseas equivalent in mechanical engineering, materials science, physics, or other relevant subjects. The project requires background in thermo-mechanical behaviour and surface science.

The University English language requirements apply

Informal enquiries

Informal enquiries

Informal enquiries

Please contact Professor I.C. Sinka  ics4@le.ac.uk 

Application enquiries

Please contact the Engineering PGR Administrator  engineeringpgr@le.ac.uk


How to apply

How to apply

To apply please use the Apply button at the bottom of the page. 

In the funding section of the application please indicate you wish to be considered for the Eng Sinka Project.

In the proposal section, please provide the name of the supervisor and project.
Include a personal statement explaining your interest in the project and why we should consider you together with degree certificates, transcripts, CV, references and evidence of English proficiency where applicable.

Eligibility

Eligibility

UK/EU and International applicants are welcome to apply.

International applicants must be able to fund the difference between UK/EU and International fees in order to be considered.