Developing new methods for studying the local atomic structure in the FeCo alloys needed for electric aircraft
Funder: EPSRC Industrial CASE award in collaboration with the University of Sheffield and Rolls Royce plc Duration: 1 October 2023 - 30 September 2027 Supervisors: Professor Howard Stone & Professor Paul Midgley
Applications are invited for a PhD studentship developing new methods for studying the local atomic structure in FeCo soft magnetic alloys. The studentship is fully funded for an individual eligible for home-student status and will run for up to four years from October 2023. The project will be run in collaboration between the universities of Cambridge and Sheffield, and Rolls-Royce plc.
Electric aircraft will soon revolutionise civil aviation and dramatically reduce emissions. One of the key technologies required to achieve this are new higher-power density electric motors. The latest designs of such motors require high performance FeCo soft magnetic alloys for the motor cores. However, for these alloys to be used safely an improved understanding is required of the origins of their exceptional properties and how they are influenced by the unusual atomic arrangements know to occur in these alloys.
In this project, state of the art transmission electron microscopy facilities will be used to develop new methods for the characterisation of local atomic structure in alloys. This will utilise a state-of-the-art FEG monochromated, and probe corrected scanning transmission electron microscope recently installed in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy at Cambridge. Once established these characterisation methods will be used to gain an improved understanding of the local atomic structure and short-range order that exists in FeCo alloys and strongly influences their properties. Whilst the work will principally use transmission electron microscopy, there will be opportunities use a wide range of experimental techniques including scanning electron microscopy, calorimetry, X-ray diffraction, magnetic and mechanical property testing.
The project will be based in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge and will be conducted in collaboration with the University of Sheffield. The project will be continuously supported by Rolls-Royce plc throughout.
Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2027 in the first instance.
Applicants should have (or expect to be awarded) an upper 2nd or 1st class honours degree at the level of MSci, MEng (or overseas equivalents) in a relevant subject (Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Maths). Funding for eligible students covers research expenses, tuition fees and includes a tax- free 'stipend' of £22,668 per year for living costs, which is paid in monthly instalments to the student.
EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership studentships are fully-funded (fees and maintenance) for eligible students who are liable for 'home rate' fees. EU and international students may also be considered for these awards, although they may be required to cover the difference in fee level between home and overseas rates.
Please quote reference LJ34185 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.
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Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, West CambridgeReference
16 November 2022Closing date
31 December 2022