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Modelling the effects of gravity on alloy solidification

School of Electrical, Electronic & Mechanical Engineering

University College Dublin - Ireland

A three year scholarship, covering fees plus a competitive tax-free stipend, is available for a student to carry out research on computational modelling of the effects of gravity on the evolution of microstructure during metallic alloy solidification.

The funding is from the European Space Agency PRODEX programme. This research is part of ongoing UCD participation in a number of projects which are at the frontier of research on materials science in space.

Experiments have already been performed in microgravity on board an ESA sounding rocket, and results from these experiments will provide data crucial for validation of the new computer simulation model which will be developed by the PhD student.

The project is open to applicants who have recently graduated with an honours degree in a relevant engineering or scientific discipline (e.g. mechanical engineering, materials science).

A start date in 2006 is expected. The successful candidate will become part of a vibrant European research group, and some international travel will be required as an integral part of such participation.

Interested candidates should send a detailed CV, including the name of two referees, by 31st October to:

Dr David J Browne
School of Electrical, Electronic & Mechanical Engineering
Engineering & Materials Science Centre
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4,

Tel: +353 1 716 1901, email: david.browne [at]

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