IMPaCT PhD Studentships

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Innovative Metal Processing

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council


The IMPaCT Centre for Doctoral Training draws World-class metal research teams for the University of Leicester, Birmingham and Nottingham together with Industry partners: Rolls Royce, Doncasters, Alstom, Tata Steel, TWI and ESI Group, Large facilities such as Diamond, ESRF and STFC facilities and International Partners such as Ruhr University Bochum, Delft University of Technology and European powder metallurgy association.

As an IMPaCT Student this multi-disciplinary training programme aims to draw on the skills that you have already achieved and to provide you with knowledge on a range of metal processing technologies, this will allow you to develop your expertise in solving industrially relevant problems. The Centre will provide you with an intensive four-year postgraduate training. Year one will see you building upon your skills and training as a cohort. This will allow student who have come from backgrounds such as Engineering, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics to broaden skills on materials processing.


Themes covered within the CDT(Centre for Doctoral Training) include:

Casting: The casting theme provides a focal point of research in the science and engineering of solidification processing. As a centre we aim to produce technologically relevant solidification science and future technical leaders who have unique research experience and will lead the UK mainly in the area of aerospace and energy sectors to new levels of innovation.

Surface Engineering: Surface engineering has an underpinning role across the full spectrum of metal processing industry and has produced huge technological, economic and societal impacts via reduction in capital investment, increased profitability, design changes, environmental benefits and technical innovation. Surface engineering is one of the key metal processing/manufacturing technologies of the 21st Century.



Welding: Welding is the process used to join materials by applying heat, sometimes with pressure and sometimes with an intermediate or filler metal. Welding is probably the most important technique for fabricating complex structures in engineering alloys such as aluminium, titanium nickel and steel.

Near Net-Shape Forming: Net shape manufacturing technologies aim at producing a part to its final or near to final shape in a single process to reduce the machining and finishing operations that are believe to account for more than half the cost of some high-value engineering components. The underlying materials sciences for these technologies requires an in-depth understanding of various microstructural mechanisms such as sintering , high temperature deformation, and solidification to understand how to tailor these manufacturing technologies by controlling the process variables to achieve the desired material performance.

Synthesis of Nanomaterials: Control of material structure at the nanoscale is becoming increasingly important as this leads to increased performance relative to conventional alloys in a range of applications. Nanomaterial, that is material with a controlled nanostructure are finding their way into a diverse range of technologies including, high magnetisation magnetic materials, biomedicine, ultra-hard coatings, hydrophobic surfaces and antibacterial films.


Materials Characterisation and Performance Evaluation: Materials characterisation and performance evaluation theme has a broad coverage of research and development on both the theoretical and practical aspects of the processing, structure, properties and performance of materials used in mechanical, transportation, aerospace, energy and medical devices.

Multi-Scale Modelling of Metal Processing: The structure behaviour of metals can be described using various scales ranging from atomistic, nanoscale, microscale, mesoscale and finally macroscale. Computational modelling of metal processes using the Finite Element (FE) method has been mainly focussed on the macro (continuum) level where the different microstructures, voids and phases are not modelled but are incorporated in the material constitutive laws. Multi-scale modelling attempts to bridge the gap between different length and time scales. For example damage models are usually phenomenological based and do not model the polycrystalline and intergrannular ductile damage in metals.

"Centres for Doctoral Training have already proved to be a great success and the model is popular with students, business, and industry. These new Centres will give the country the highly trained scientist and engineers it needs and they will be equipped with skills to move on in their careers" Paul Golby, EPSRC Chair

Currently accepting applications for September 2017. Deadline 30 June 2017


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