The control of corrosion in cast iron trunk main

Extensive research has been undertaken to determine the mechanisms of corrosion in cast iron, and the factors that affect corrosion rate. This project will investigate methods of preventing such corrosion from occurring and disrupting active corrosion in existing structures. 
Start date
3.5 years
Application deadline
Funding information

This studentship attracts a stipend of £17,000 per annum – all fees will be met separately to that amount.

Funding source
This project is jointly funded by the EPSRC CDT in MiNMaT and Thames Water
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This project will seek to develop methods to control the rate, type and extent of corrosion within buried trunk mains over time.

Laboratory studies will be used to assess the effectiveness of methods for reducing the rates of general and local corrosion within already degraded cast iron trunk main in service. The impact of applying corrosion control methods on the load capacity of the pipe wall material will also be assessed. You will be based in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences within the Centre for Doctoral Training in Micro and NanoMaterials Technologies (MiNMaT). You will work closely with the research engineers based at Thames Water's Water Innovation Centre at Kempton Park Water Treatment Works in south-west London.

Related links
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Micro and NanoMaterials Technologies Thames Water

Eligibility criteria

UK and EU students are invited to apply.

To be eligible for this studentship, you must have achieved a First, 2:1 or a merit in a masters degree in a physical sciences subject.

If English is not your first language, you must have an IELTS of 6.5 or above.

How to apply

In the first instance, please contact Noelle Hartley, Centre Manager for the EPSRC CDT in MiNMaT to lodge an expression of interest in the studentship.

Contact details

Noelle Hartley
05 AB 03
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 683467

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