PhD international awards in Direct Chill (DC) Cast and Extrusion Lightweight Aluminium Metal

  • Phd
  • Tuition fees (+ £15,609 p.a. if from UK)
  • 27 August 2021

The FLAMINGo Project is an EU Horizon 2020 project that involves 10 partners (including Constellium and Alke) located throughout Europe. The successful applicant will join Dr Brian McKay and other internationally recognised researchers at BCAST (Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology) and will work on the development of DC cast aluminium nanocomposites.

This project is focused on developing aluminium metal matrix nanocomposites (Al-MMnCs) with elevated strength, stiffness, and other physical properties, compared to current Al alloys used in the automotive industry. The project will also provide engineering solutions to substitute steel components in electric vehicle (EV) automotive parts in order to achieve weight reductions. The properties of Al can be significantly changed with the selective addition of nano-reinforcements which will be explored in further detail.

The associated work will involve the optimization of the DC casting process, and evaluation of properties and microstructure examinations of the resultant Al-MMnCs castings and extrusions.

Please contact Dr Guangyu Liu at to arrange an informal discussion about the project.


Skills and Experience

Applicants will be required to demonstrate experience in Materials Science, Metallurgy and Materials Characterisation. You should be highly motivated, able to work in a team as well as independently, collaborate with others and have good communication skills.

The project requires you to produce a written thesis, independently critically appraise data and orally present results. You should have an inquisitive mind and a keen desire to learn more about the topic.

Academic Entry Criteria

You will have or be expected to receive a 1st class or 2:1 honours degree in Mechanical, Structural or Liquid Metals Engineering or a similar discipline. A masters degree is not required but may be an advantage.

If applicable, you should hold an English Language proficiency qualification of or equivalent to an overall score of IELTS 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all sections).


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Annual stipend (bursary) of £15,609, plus payment of their full-time tuition fees for a period of 36 months (3 years). To obtain the full scholarship you must be eligible for home/UK tuition fees. International students may apply but will only be eligible for tuition fees and must be able to demonstrate that they can finance their living costs.


Please submit the documents below to by Noon on Friday 27th August 2021.

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • Your 300 to 500 word personal statement summarising your background, skills and experience;
  • Your Undergraduate/Postgraduate Masters degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Your English language qualification, if applicable;
  • Contact details for TWO referees, one of which can be a member of Brunel University academic staff.

Please, remember to add the project title in the subject of your email

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