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) research group and work collaboratively with other PhD students and groups at the University of Southampton. This project is partially funded by ICON The selected PhD student will benefit from the fantastic opportunities that ICON provides.

Informal inquiries can be made to Dr Bahareh Zaghari ( and  Dr. Nickolas Harris Email: 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 (

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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