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Materials Engineering: Fully Funded Swansea University


Materials Engineering: Fully Funded Swansea University



12 August 2022

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Funding providers: Swansea University’s Faculty of Science and Engineering and Rolls Royce plc.

Subject areas: Aerospace, Materials

Project start date:

  • 1 October 2022 (Enrolment open from mid-September)


  • Dr Spencer Jeffs & Dr Alex Shaw (Swansea University)
  • Stephen Pattison (Rolls-Royce plc.)

Aligned programme of study: PhD in Materials Engineering

Mode of study: Full-time

Project description:

SiCf/SiC Ceramic Matrix Composites (CMC) have long been considered for use in high temperature applications within the gas turbine engine. Their specific strength and ability to operate at high temperatures provides the potential to increase gas turbine engine operation temperatures which results in improved fuel efficiencies and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. A further benefit is that in comparison to the current nickel-based superalloys which are typically employed in high temperature applications within the gas turbine engine, the need for complex cooling regimes is not required. Nonetheless, for CMCs to fulfil their potential a holistic understanding is required not just of the CMC material itself but also their interactions with existing gas turbine components. This project will focus on understanding these CMC-metallic interactions and their influence on structure and mechanical integrity. Interactions are to be investigated across a range of thermal, mechanical, and chemical environments.


Candidates must normally hold an undergraduate degree at 2.1 level (or Non-UK equivalent as defined by Swansea University) in Engineering or similar relevant science discipline. An understanding of additive manufacturing is highly desirable.

English Language requirements: If applicable – IELTS 6.5 overall (with at least 5.5 in each individual component) or Swansea recognised equivalent. Details on the Swansea University English Language entry policy can be found here.

Due to the highly sensitive nature of the research, this scholarship is open to candidates with UK Passport only.

NB: If you are holding a non-UK degree, please see Swansea University degree comparisons to find out if you meet the eligibility.


This scholarship covers the full cost of UK tuition fees and an annual stipend of £20,000.

Additional research expenses will also be available.


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