Adhesion of powders to metal surfaces during compaction

Qualification: PhD

Department: School of Engineering

Application deadline: 30 March 2021

Start date: 1 July 2021 (there is some flexibility)

Overview

Supervisor

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.

This 3-year studentship provides:

  • UK/EU tuition fee waiver
  • Annual stipend at UKRI rates (£15,285 for 2020/21)

*International applicants are eligible to apply. However, International applicants are responsible for covering the fee difference between the UK/EU tuition fee and the International tuition fee. For 20/21 entry, the difference will be £16,418 per annum.

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 where applicable.

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How to apply

How to apply

To submit your application, please use the 'Apply' button at the bottom of the page and select July 2021 from the dropdown menu.

With your 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, please specify that you wish to be considered for the Engineering Sinka 2021 studentship.
  • In the research proposal section, please provide the name of the project supervisor and project title (a research proposal is not required).

Eligibility

Eligibility

UK/EU and International applicants.

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