Applications are invited for a self-funded post-graduate research in the field of materials science, environmental fatigue and gas turbines performance leading to the award of a PhD degree.  Read more Read less

The current understanding of environmental fatigue damage in turbine materials is limited. It is understood that crack nucleation and propagation as well as crack tip embrittlement is not solely associated with mechanical cyclic damage but there is an environmental assisted stress-oxidation sensitivity. The large and short crack growth phenomena in nickel superalloys are well documented both experimentally and in modelling, however, the role of the environment, particularly multi-oxidants, has still to be modelled as has the accumulated oxidation and fatigue-creep damage, which is still lacking. Hence, there is a need for methods that predict the onset of such damage and provide a means of better predicting crack nucleation in critical turbine components.

The project aims to develop a unified oxidation-fatigue crack model for next generation of nickel-based turbine materials both coated and surface mechanically treated. The developed model will be achieved by physics-based and experimental data driven, and will be validated by environmental test data generated in this project and advanced inspection techniques. The tests will be carried out using the Cranfield University state-of-the-art High Temperature Corrosion facilities. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work alongside our industrial partners and gain significant learning experience, networking and present at conferences.

At a glance

  • Application deadline17 Dec 2021
  • Award type(s)PhD
  • Start date31 Jan 2022
  • Duration of award3 years
  • EligibilityUK, EU, Rest of World
  • Reference numberSATM233

Entry requirements

Candidates should have a minimum of an upper second (2.1) honours bachelor’s engineering degree (or equivalent) or master’s in Aerospace Manufacturing, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science or related disciplines. 

In addition, the candidate should have an excellent understanding of fracture mechanics and experience in finite element modelling and scripting tools and programming languages. 

A good command of English is essential for the position, both written and oral.


This is a self-funded PhD; open to UK, EU and International applicants.

About the sponsor

This is a self-funded PhD that includes the ability to participate in industry-led research initiatives and access to the Cranfield Doctoral Training Network.

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

To apply for this PhD opportunity please complete the application form using the button below. 

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For further information please contact:      

Name: Dr Nicolau I. Morar