We are seeking a high calibre materials or engineering graduate with an interest in materials structural integrity assessment to undertake 1-year of exciting research characterising the tolerance of offshore and energy protective coatings to extreme temperature fluctuations. Read more Read less

This project relates to the assessment of integrity of protective coatings applied to high value offshore and energy assets, under extreme thermal exposure. It will primarily use acoustic emissions technology in a laboratory environment, to experimentally characterise the effects of extreme temperature fluctuations and locate potential source damage. Ensuring the structural integrity of offshore and energy infrastructure is vital.

The research will use a range of state of the art facilities and techniques, including Acoustic Emissions monitoring. The project will work closely with industry partners at Akzo Nobel UK. The researcher will be expected regularly liaise with our partners to present and discuss findings.

The project aims at further advancing acoustic emissions (AE) monitoring techniques for structural protective coatings under thermal loading.

Cranfield is a specialist postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management. We are home to many world-class, large-scale facilities which enhance our teaching and research.

Cranfield has the largest number of engineering master’s students in the UK. Our staff-to-student ratio is one of the best for any university in the UK (one member of academic staff to every five students). We work closely with business, industry and governments around the world. Through our industry partnerships, applied research projects and our executive education and professional development programmes, we currently work with over 1,500 companies and organisations. Cranfield Centre for Life-cycle Engineering and Management is developing the next generation of systems needed to manage design, manufacture, operations, life extension and end-of-life of large-scale assets with expected lifetimes of up to 60 years. Cost, safety and environmental impact are considered throughout the lifecycle. Optimised support integrates diagnostics & prognostics, self-aware/sensing systems, and planning and scheduling for maintenance decisions, support and logistics.

Akzo Nobel is the world leader in marine, yacht and protective coatings. These innovative coatings deliver anticorrosive, fire protection and fouling protection. Asset protection is a critical issue for Akzo Nobel customers.

The project will result in an in-depth understanding of thermal effects in protective coatings, leading to the prolonged useful life of National critical infrastructure assets. This innovative research will help reinforce Akzo Nobel as leading protective coating supplier.

You will have exposure to real life challenges and research with a world-leading partner.

The student will gain in-depth experience of practical structural health assessment; applicable to other industries. Regular contact with industrial partners will boost their employability.

At a glance

  • Application deadline12 Jan 2020
  • Award type(s)MSc by Research
  • Start dateAs soon as possible
  • Duration of award1 year
  • EligibilityUK, EU
  • Reference numberSATM125

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a first or second class UK honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline. This project would suit engineers and physicists with an interest in gaining expertise in structural health assessment or materials testing using acoustic emissions. Applicants must enjoy hands-on experimental work and possess good analytical skills.


Sponsored by Akzo Nobel and Cranfield University, this studentship will provide a bursary of up to £20,000 (tax free) plus fees* for one year.

To be eligible for this funding, applicants must be a UK or EU national.

To be eligible for this funding, applicants must be a UK or EU national.

Cranfield Doctoral Network

Research students at Cranfield benefit from being part of a dynamic, focused and professional study environment and all become valued members of the Cranfield Doctoral Network. This network brings together both research students and staff, providing a platform for our researchers to share ideas and collaborate in a multi-disciplinary environment. It aims to encourage an effective and vibrant research culture, founded upon the diversity of activities and knowledge. A tailored programme of seminars and events, alongside our Doctoral Researchers Core Development programme (transferable skills training), provide those studying a research degree with a wealth of social and networking opportunities.

How to apply

If you are eligible to apply for this research studentship, please complete the online application form.

For further information contact:

Name: Isidro Durazo-Cardenas
Email: i.s.durazocardenas@cranfield.ac.uk
T: (0) 1234 750111 Ext: 5564