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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Surface Design Mechanical Engineering PhD Studentships – University Of Leeds, UK

The studentship is funded by the School of Mechanical Engineering and will attract an annual stipend of £10,000/pa for the duration of 3 years during the standard research period in addition to tuition fees at UK rates. This funding is open to UK and EU students only.

About Research:
Automotive electrical connectors are critical for safe and efficient operation of a vehicle, their durability is however limited by a specific damage process called fretting-corrosion. Fretting-corrosion is observed between two mated surfaces subjected to vibrations and thermal cycling. Such conditions occur during normal vehicle operation causing two parts of an electrical contact to move in relation to each other with high a frequency and small displacement amplitude – typically tens or hundreds of micrometers. This generates damage of both surfaces, wear particles are produced and subsequently oxidised in air atmosphere. As a result, an oxide film is formed at the interface, which isolates both surfaces and increases electrical resistivity leading to the contact failure. The overall aim of the study is to deliver a novel surface design strategy for electrical contacts based on (a) an experimental programme and (b) theoretical modelling of contact durability.


Number Available:
1 award available

Closing Date:
31 August 2009

Minimum Academic Requirements:

Students who have, or are expected to attain, a 1st or 2.1 class honours degree in Engineering or a related subject are invited to apply. A relevant Master’s degree is desirable. If English is not your first language, then candidates must also meet the University’s English language requirements.

Additional Information:

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in the field of Mechanical Engineering. A multi-disciplinary approach will be undertaken in this project combining disciplines of tribology, surface engineering and surface metrology. This studentship represents an exciting opportunity to conduct research in the project supported by both, major car manufacturer and automotive components developer.

Supervisor:

The project will be supervised by Dr Tomasz Liskiewicz (Mechanical Engineering) and additional supervisory support will be provided by Prof. Anne Neville (Mechanical Engineering). The 3-year PhD studentship will take effect from October 2009.

Contact Details:

For further project information contact: Dr Tomasz Liskiewicz,
Email: t.liskiewicz@leeds.ac.uk Telephone: +44 113 3438964.

Applications:
Applicants should complete a University of Leeds application form (http://www.leeds.ac.uk/students/appfmweb.doc )
For more information on how to apply for this studentship please contact the :

Graduate School Office,
Faculty of Engineering,
University of Leeds,
Leeds, LS2 9JT
Email address: Phd@engineering.leeds.ac.uk

The information above is provided by the School of Mechanical Engineering and all enquiries regarding these awards must be made in the first instance to the contact detailed above.


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