Project available to start throughout the year
Applicants are invited for a PhD studentship in the Corrosion and Protection Centre at The University of Manchester to develop a model of the growth of anodic films using numerical techniques such as the Finite Element Method.
The use of anodizing in protecting light alloys from corrosion is essential to their use in all areas of modern engineering, from architecture through aerospace to electronic materials.
Surface engineering approaches, building on the basic anodized substrates, also exist to create functional surfaces with special chemical properties, or with properties to enable them to resist erosion, wear or other environmental factors.
Many different geometries of anodic film can be produced by varying the conditions during the growth of the film, and it is the relationship between the electrical and chemical influences on the film and the rates and types of film growth which this project seeks to investigate.
The project will develop and use a Finite Element model to simulate the coupled mass transport and electrical distributions across the metal/oxide/solution interface.
The successful candidate will have a first class or upper second degree in the physical sciences, and a strong mathematical or computational background.
Familiarity with Finite Element methods would be useful but is not essential. A generous bursary is available depending on qualifications and experience.
For further details or to apply, please contact:
Dr. Nicholas Stevens
Corrosion and Protection Centre,
University of Manchester,
PO Box 88,
Manchester, M60 1QD
Email: Nicholas.Stevens [at] manchester.ac.uk