Research Associate in Structural Integrity for Nuclear Fusion

  • Department: School of Civil, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering - Solid Mechanics Research Group
  • Salary: £32,548-£36,613
  • Contract: Full-time, open-ended
  • Closing date: 25th October

This is an exciting opportunity to carry out experimental research on structural integrity for nuclear fusion materials, in collaboration with United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA), one of the  Solid Mechanics Research Group’s industrial partners.

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PhD Studentships in nuclear structural integrity

The Solid Mechanics Research Group (SMRG), has new PhD positions available in the field of structural integrity for nuclear industry applications. These studentships provide an excellent opportunity to carry out industrially-relevant research in support of the low carbon energy sector in the UK.

Proposed topics include:

  1. Multi-axial creep
  2. Creep damage
  3. Plasticity
  4. Weldments
  5. Probabilistic modelling
  6. Fracture of thin-walled components

More details can be found here: Nuclear structural integrity PhD advert

For further information, please contact Professor David Knowles (Head of SMRG; or Dr Mahmoud Mostafavi (Reader in Structural Integrity;
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PhD Studentship in probabilistic fracture mechanics

  • 2018/19 academic year start
  • Novel topic with strong industrial relevance
  • Enhanced stipend available
  • Solid Mechanics Research Group at the University of Bristol

Fracture mechanics calculations are used to assess the acceptability of flaws in safety-critical welded structures. Engineers use assessments based on fracture mechanics to, for example, justify component life-extension and to inform defect-tolerant design. Most assessments are carried out ‘deterministically’, i.e. using a single conservative set of inputs designed to ensure a high margin of safety. However, within the nuclear industry and elsewhere there is an increasing requirement for probabilistic assessment. Probabilistic assessment is more data-intensive and computationally demanding, but integrity assessments based on probability-of-failure can provide much more information to the designer, plant operator and regulator. The complex nature of welded joints in metals (imperfect microstructure, presence of residual stresses and defects) makes it difficult to perform accurate probabilistic assessment on them.

In this PhD project, you will explore the issues associated with determining residual stresses in welded joints and incorporating imperfect residual stress information into probabilistic fracture mechanics calculations of real structural components. You will work at the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC) near Cambridge and at the University of Bristol, collaborating closely with colleagues from TWI ltd. Your work will be used to improve fitness-for-service assessment standards such as BS 7910 (the UK’s general assessment standard for metallic structures) and R6 (the UK nuclear industry’s assessment procedure), ensuring the safe and reliable operation of high-dependability mechanical parts.

Contact Dr Harry Coules or Isobel Hadley if interested.


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