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PhD in Alloy design for next generation high performing steel sections

PhD in Alloy design for next generation high performing steel sections

Project Overview

There are more steel alloys available than all other metals/alloys combined and advances in steel metallurgy/processing is still pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved in terms of strength and ductility. Modern steels bearing little resemblance to those of >50 years ago benefitting from the complex influences of around 20 alloying elements and controlled thermo-mechanical processing. Customer demands on performance continue to push development and there is potential for further improvements in properties using composition and processing control.

We are looking for a PhD student to join our team and work on an exciting research program to develop new high strength steels for high performance hollow sections, used in the construction and transport industry (applications such as automotive propeller shafts to large scale structural components). The requirements of the steel are very demanding, needing to offer strength and toughness in extreme environments (such as temperature <-20 °C). The project involves using the suite of world leading Rapid Alloy Processing (RAP) equipment and alloy design software to design, cast, process and test brand new steel alloys. More information of these facilities can be found here.

This research will involve experimental and alloy design activities working within the Advanced Steel Research Centre (ASRC) at WMG, a multidisciplinary department within the University of Warwick. The ASRC comprise over 40 researchers working on steel projects therefore you will join a large and vibrant research community. This fully funded PhD studentship also represents an exciting opportunity to undertake research in close partnership with Tata Steel UK (

Desired Student Background

Applicants must be UK residents and should have a 1st or 2.1 degree in a relevant science or engineering subject, such as materials, physics, mechanical engineering, chemistry, chemical engineering, or maths. Initial general enquiries to Dr Carl Slater ( and Prof Claire Davis (email: ).

Funding and Eligibility

Standard Research Council Maintenance Award of £15,609 + £3,000 for 4 years. Funding is available for UK nationals only.

To be eligible for this project, the successful applicant should have indefinite leave to remain in the UK and have been ordinarily resident here for 3 years prior to the project start-date, apart from occasional or temporary absences. Additional details of these criteria are available on the EPSRC website.

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:

Stipend: £15,609 plus £3k per year - (EPSRC rules)

Supervisors: Prof. Claire Davis and Dr Carl Slater

Open to UK applicants

Start date: October 2021