HDR Scholarship - Developing of a novel microstructure-based Material Point Monte Carlo Potts Model incorporating combined effect of Ti/Mo interphase nano-precipitates and clusters to control properties of high strength steel

Applications now open

A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Developing of a novel microstructure-based Material Point Monte Carlo Potts Model incorporating combined effect of Ti/Mo interphase nano-precipitates and clusters to control properties of high strength steel'

Project Supervisor

Associate Supervisor

Faculty

GTP Research

Location

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Research topic

The precipitation hardening is increasingly being employed by steel manufacturers to improve strength of steels. Recently, a novel cluster hardening mechanism has been proposed for Ti-Mo interphase precipitated High Strength Low Alloy (HSLA) steels.

Recently developed correlative microscopy techniques comprising Transmission Electron Microscopy and Atom Probe Tomography enable the direct experimental observation and calculation of solute redistribution/segregation across interfaces and clusters/nano-precipitates with unprecedented accuracy, and to study the crystallographic structure of these interfaces at the atomic scale.

Modelling of cluster formation is difficult, with multiple diffusions coupled with a phase-transformation and dislocation evolution. The experimental data will be used for novel modelling approach, Material Point Monte Carlo Potts Model, simulation that can track diffusion and phase transformation. The project will be carried out in collaboration with Baosteel, China.

Project aim

The aim of the project is to develop a multi-solute cluster formation model coupled with a phase transformation model based on correlative microscopy study.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Monday 30th September 2019

Benefits

This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $27,596 per annum tax exempt (2019 rate)
  • Relocation allowance of $500-1500 (for single to family) for students moving from interstate or overseas
  • International students only: Tuition fee and overseas health coverage for the duration of 4 years

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be either a domestic or international candidate
  • meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements
  • be enrolling full time and hold an honours degree (first class) or an equivalent standard master's degree with a substantial research component.

Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page for further information.

Additional desirable criteria include:

  • background in computational materials science

How to apply

Please apply using the expression of interest form

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Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Dr Ilana Timokhina or Prof Bernard Rolfe

Dr Ilana Timokhina
Senior Research Fellow
Email Ilana Timokhina
+61 3 522 72562

Prof Bernard Rolfe
Professor of Advanced Manufacturing
Email Bernard Rolfe
+61 3 522 72417