High temperature materials research for antenna applications
This project is concerned with the development of coatings for the protection of materials, used by Cobham Aerospace Connectivity, in the manufacture of their antenna systems.
Start date1 October 2019
Duration4 years. Applications accepted all year round, the Centre reserves the right to withdraw the advert if a suitable candidate is found.
Funding sourceJointly funded by the EPSRC CDT in MiNMaT and Huntsman
Stipend of £19,900 per year – all fees met by the University.
This project is concerned with the development of coatings for the protection of materials, used by Cobham Aerospace Connectivity, in the manufacture of their antenna systems. Such materials cover a wide range and include polymers, composites and ceramics. As operational temperatures increase, as they are expected to in the future, so the issue of overheating during flight becomes of significant concern to designers. One approach to mitigate this problem is the use of ablative coatings that are gradually eroded during flight, a particularly attractive proposition for one trip aerospace components, but also worthy of investigation for fast/high flying jet aircraft. The project will initially focus on the design and performance of candidate coatings for a variety of substrates. In the latter stages the adhesive bonding characteristics of such coatings will also be investigated to assess ease of integration into current and future build programmes.
The project will involve visits to Huntsman PU’s laboratories and there is an expectation that the successful candidate will present their work at international conferences relevant to adhesion and surface analysis research.
You will be based at the sponsor premises in Marlow Bucks for the duration of the studentship.
Related linksCobham Antenna EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Micro- and NanoMaterials and Technologies
Open to UK/EU students only.
First or 2:1 degree, or merit at Masters, in a physical sciences subject.
You will preferably have a mechanical engineering or materials science backgrounds.
You should be highly motivated, curious and proactive.
English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 or above.
How to apply
The Centre does not accept direct applications – it is important to contact the Centre Manager Noelle Hartley to lodge an expression of interest in the project at the earliest opportunity.
References are taken up at interview stage.