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Structural Metallic Systems for Gas Turbine Systems



Important description
Rolls-Royce, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, (EPSRC), and the universities of Birmingham, Cambridge and Swansea are to work together in a new £50 million strategic partnership, which is the first of its kind. The partnership will develop materials skills and knowledge to support the development of future gas turbines which power many applications including aircraft, ships and electricity generation.

At present, almost all aircraft propulsion and over one third of the UK's total generating capacity rely on gas turbines. Their flexibility and efficiency compared with the alternatives mean that their use in power generation is predicted to dramatically increase for the foreseeable future. Achieving drastic reductions in the emissions from gas turbines, without bringing national economic activity to a standstill, requires urgent activity on a very wide number of fronts. This is particularly important for the UK. It has Europe's largest gas turbine industry, second only to the US.

Over the next ten years, the universities will undertake fundamental materials research that will develop materials required to improve the efficiency and environmental sustainability of these gas turbines.

The partnership will include research, fellowships and postgraduate training to help create the next generation of world-class materials scientists and metallurgical engineers over the next 10 years. This research is to be delivered in partnership with the University of Cambridge and Swansea University. Students registered at one University will complete part of their training requirements by taking modules provided by the others.

Funding Notes:

The University of Birmingham will be recruiting four students per annum (in addition to four at the University of Cambridge and four at the University of Swansea). The EPSRC will provide funding for UK/EU students only.

Two additional international students (per annum) will be recruited and financed by the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Birmingham.


Eligibility and other criteria
Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
This research project has funding attached. Applications for this project are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full department and project details for further information.


Application deadline
Applications accepted all year round


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