HDR Scholarship - Advanced Microstructure Design to Improve Formability of Ultra High Strength Steels in Conventional and Flexible Roll Forming

Applications now open

This PhD scholarship is part of the Cotutelle arrangement between Coventry University, UK and Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. The successful applicant will spend 1 year at Deakin and 2.5 years at Coventry, with a supervision team drawn from the two Universities.

Project Supervisor

Dr Matthias Weiss (Deakin University) and Dr Vit Janik (Coventry University)

Institute

Institute for Future Transport and Cities, Coventry University (Home Institute) and Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University

Location

Coventry University, UK and Waurn Ponds Campus, Australia

Research topic

This PhD scholarship is part of the Cotutelle arrangement between Coventry University, UK and Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. The successful applicant will spend 1 year at Deakin and 2.5 years at Coventry, with a supervision team drawn from the two Universities. This project is offered as part of the Deakin-Coventry cotutelle program where the student is enrolled at both Deakin University and Coventry University (UK).

Ultra-High Strength Steels (UHSS) such as dual-phase ferritic-martensitic DP1000 or DP1200 grades have been recently developed to produce automotive components with increased impact safety and reduced weight. DP1000 and DP1200 steels contain a high volume fraction of martensite and are therefore predominantly hot formed because at room temperature stress localisation at the ferrite/martensite interfaces causes early failure by interphase de-cohesion.

A unique Flexible Roll Forming (FRF) facility has been developed at Deakin University in order to expand formability of materials not normally formable at room temperature by introducing non-linear strain paths and reducing localised strain concentrations. This project will utilise the FRF facility at Deakin University to study the formability of DP type steels with varying content of annealed martensite that will be supplied by Tata Steel RD in the form of sheet material subjected to different heat treatments.

Project aim

The main scientific objective of this project is to develop microstructure-based FE models describing the role of varying strain paths on bendability of steels with varying volume fraction of martensite. The aim is to successfully realise conventional and flexible roll forming of UHSS DP steels.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Sunday 20th January 2019.

Benefits

This scholarship is available over 3.5 years.

  • £15,000 Bursary plus tuition fees

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be either a domestic or international candidate
  • meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements
  • be enrolling full time
  • hold a minimum of a 2:1 first degree (second class honours upper division) in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 70% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 70% overall module average, and/or
  • hold a Masters Degree in a relevant subject area will be considered as an equivalent. The Masters must have been attained with overall marks at 70%. In addition, the dissertation or equivalent element in the Masters must also have been attained with a mark at 70%
  • Language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)
  • be able to physically locate to both Coventry University (England) and Deakin University (Australia).

Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page for further information or please contact Coventry University via email.

Additional desirable criteria include:

  • The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a prescribed period of study

How to apply

Applicants must apply to both institutions.

Apply to Deakin via the Institute for Frontier Materials Expression of Interest form. Learn more about submitting a successful application on Deakin's How to apply page.

AND

Apply to Coventry via the online portal.

Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact:

Dr Vit Janik
Senior Lecturer in Materials, Mechanics and Measurement, Coventry University
Email Vit Janik

Dr Matthias Weiss
Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Frontier Materials, Deakin University
Email Matthias Weiss
+61 3 522 73368