Fully Funded PhD Scholarship: Corrosion Performance of Additively Manufactured (AM) Components

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Project description

Additive manufacturing (AM) is a rapidly developing technology which offers increased design freedom and flexibility, as well as shorter lead times and reduced wastage. The viability of AM is consequently of significant interest to a range of industries including automotive, aerospace and nuclear.

Whilst AM presents many opportunities, its flexibility gives rise to a wide array of process variables which impact the properties of manufactured parts. The lack of knowledge regarding the reliability and reproducibility of parts limits the integration of AM into several industries, particularly those in which safety critical components are used.

This project aims to investigate the effect of both build, and post build heat treatment, parameters, on the corrosion (and mechanical) performance of AM components. The results will be compared with those obtained in the case of components manufactured using traditional processing methods with the hope that AM may be safely and confidently integrated into the UK’s manufacturing mix. 

The project offers the candidate an exciting opportunity to work at the cutting edge of research and produce outputs of significant impact across a wide range of stakeholder industries. Completion of a PhD in this area will equip the successful candidate with a strong foundation of the skills and knowledge necessary for a career in rapidly expanding industry.

Project supervisors: Dr Natalie Wint and Professor Nick Lavery

Candidates should hold a first or upper second class honours degree (or its equivalent) in engineering, mathematics, chemistry or physics, or a Master’s degree in a subject area related to the project.

Experience of conducting experimental laboratory work is desirable. Experience in metallurgy, manufacturing and/or corrosion is strongly desirable.

We would normally expect the academic and English Language requirements (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent) to be met by point of application. For details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit – http://www.swansea.ac.uk/admissions/english-language-requirements/

Due to funding restrictions this scholarship is open to UK/EU candidates only. 


This scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of £15,009.

There will be additional funds available for research expenses.

EU nationals that have been resident in the UK for 3 years, including residence for the purpose of full-time education, are eligible to stipend. EU nationals that are not resident in the UK are eligible for fees only. 

Closing Date 31 May 2019

Start Date October 2019

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Informal enquiries about this studentship are welcome and may be directed by email to: M2A@swansea.ac.uk