PhD Studentship High temperature measurement on static and rotating machinery
University of Southampton Department of Engineering
United Kingdom

Supervisor:  Dr Bahareh Zaghari

Project description

Temperature provides a critical piece of information about machine health condition. The objective of this project is to design a transducer that can sense temperatures in high temperature environments (>1000°C). Techniques for measuring temperature include wire thermocouples, ultrasonic waves, and thin film thermocouples. Ultrasonic wave measurement operates on the principle that a wave’s speed changes due to the material properties, which are in turn affected by temperature. Ultrasonic surface waves involve exciting the structure with high frequency wave (>100KHz), and measuring the time of flight. From this information, the temperature can be evaluated. We are looking for a highly motivated students, which would like to get involved in a project that involves experimental and theoretical studies. Students with a background in mechanical, electrical, aerospace, acoustic engineering, physics and mathematics are welcome to apply.

The candidate will have, or expect to obtain, a 1st or 2:1 honours degree in engineering, physics or a related subject. The ideal candidate would like to learn new techniques and apply them to their research. The candidate will join the Smart Electronic Materials and Systems (SEMS) https://www.sems.ecs.soton.ac.uk/ research group and work collaboratively with other PhD students and groups at the University of Southampton. This project is partially funded by ICON  https://www.lrf-icon.com/ The selected PhD student will benefit from the fantastic opportunities that ICON provides.

Informal inquiries can be made to Dr Bahareh Zaghari (Bahareh.zaghari@soton.ac.uk) and  Dr. Nickolas Harris Email: nrh@ecs.soton.ac.uk with a copy of your curriculum vitae and cover letter. All general enquiries should be directed to the Postgraduate Research School at the University of Southampton (feps-pgr-apply@soton.ac.uk)

Key facts

Entry requirements: first or upper second-class degree or equivalent

Closing date: applications should be received no later than 31 August 2019 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.

Duration: four years (full-time)

Funding: full tuition fees, for UK/EU students, and a tax-free stipend of £15,009 per year

Assessment: Nine month and 18 month reports, viva voce and thesis examination

Start date: typically September


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