Academic Supervisor: Dr HM Davies
Industrial Supervisor: Dr R Wheatley
Nickel based alloys (NBAs) are used extensively within gas turbine applications, due to their high strength and metallurgical stability along with oxidation and corrosion resistance. These properties, whilst ideal for gas turbine applications need also to be carefully paired with the operational life set for the component, as elevated temperatures along with environmental, geometry conditions and other material interactions could influence the base material properties.
This EngD project will involve an in-depth material characterisation exercise (Optical, Scanning Electron microscopy and Electron Backscatter Diffraction) and mechanical testing assessment of service run coated, NBA samples.
The aim of this project is to provide an understanding of service run coated NBA material for aero-engine service environments and provide further information for an existing mechanical property/microstructural database. Rolls-Royce plc will provide technical input to this project.Sponsoring Company Rolls Royce plc
Rolls-Royce's aerospace business makes commercial and military gas turbine engines for military, civil, and corporate aircraft customers worldwide. Rolls-Royce also constructs and installs power generation systems. Its core gas turbine technology has created one of the broadest product ranges of aero-engines in the world, with 50,000 engines in service with 500 airlines, 2,400 corporate and utility operators and more than 100 armed forces, powering both fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft. Rolls-Royce Marine Power Operations (a subsidiary company) manufactures and tests nuclear reactors for Royal Naval submarinesCompany Website Eligibility