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PhD in the Bendability of Ultra-high Strength Steels for Heavy Duty and Yellow Goods Vehicles

PhD in the Bendability of Ultra-high Strength Steels for Heavy Duty and Yellow Goods Vehicles


Project Overview

This fully funded PhD studentship represents an exciting opportunity to undertake research in manufacturing science in close partnership with Tata Steel UK. The successful candidate will work at WMG, a multidisciplinary department within the University of Warwick.

The demands on heavy duty vehicles and yellow good vehicles (such as 50t earth movers and cranes with spans over 100m) are ever increasing. With the challenging environments used in construction and mining industries ranging from sand beaten deserts in Dubai, to sub-zero conditions in the arctic circle. In addition to this is the ever-increasing demands for light weighting, the requirements for high performing materials for these applications has never been higher. The chassis comprising up to a third to half of the total weight of a vehicle due to these components being currently made from thick sheets of mild steel making this is a clear target for improvement. This project will explore emerging ultra-high strength steels (UHSS) that are four times stronger than mild steel that allow manufacturers to design and manufacture components that are thinner and lighter. This promises to bring about a step-change reduction in environmental impact by reducing fuel consumption, reducing the volume of material required for components and allowing the incorporation of electrified powertrains.

This research aims to quantify the ‘bendability’ of UHSS to understand how the bending operation interact and alters material microstructure leading to failure. The research will consider but is not constrained by:

  1. Developing a press-brake process that will work with WMG’s 60 ton Interlaken press
  2. Designing a robust experimental programme to characterise the bendability of UHSS on the macroscopic and microscopic scales
  3. Developing a model that explains failure behaviour under bending conditions

Desired Student Background

Candidates should have a minimum of an upper second (2.1) honours degree (or equivalent) in Materials Sciences (including Metallurgy), Mechanical Engineering or related disciplines. A good command of English is essential for the position.

The ideal candidate will have a strong academic background in one or more of the following areas: experimental design, data processing, mathematical modelling and manufacturing engineering.

Funding and Eligibility

Standard Research Council Maintenance Award of £15,285 with an industrial top-up of £1,000 per year for 3.5 years. Funding is available for UK nationals only.

To apply

To apply please complete our online enquiry form and upload your CV.

Please ensure you meet the minimum requirements before filling in the online form.

Key Information:

Funding Source: WCPRS funding with Tata Steel

Stipend: Standard Research Council Maintenance Award: £15,285 + £1,000 industrial top up (top up is subject to funding) for 3.5 years

Sponsor Company: Tata Steel

Supervisors: Dr Sumit Hazra

Available to UK nationals

Start date: We would ideally like someone to start as soon as possible, but we can offer some flexibility on this - please contact us to discuss.