PhD Studentship in Production Technology – Specializing in Wear Resistant Coatings for Automotive Applications
Thermal Spraying (TS) has always been a cornerstone of production technologies’ research at HV, consistent with the fact that it is the first and the most active academic group in the country with a focus on thermal spraying.
The group is located at the Production Technology Center (PTC), which is jointly run by Innovatum Technology Park, GKN Aerospace and HV, and houses a very well-equipped engineering laboratory. The group’s current position as a global leader in TS research is facilitated by the availability of a high power axial suspension plasma spray (SPS) system, which bears promise to open new vistas in TS by enabling efficient and high-throughput deposition, and a High Velocity Air-Fuel (HVAF) facility, which permits deposition of very dense and well-bonded coatings with minimal thermal damage to coating feedstock. These lend a rare uniqueness and versatility to the group’s processing capabilities that are available at few TS groups worldwide. The spray facilities are also complemented by a range of allied equipment for process monitoring (in-flight particle characterisation, and in-situ coating property sensor), coating characterisation (optical & scanning electron microscopy, image analysis, residual stress, hardness, bond strength, 4-point bending strength, etc.) and performance assessment (thermal cyclic furnace and erosion testing) in diverse environments. The group has not only established close relationships with the premier international universities and institutes that pursue thermal spray research, but also has a history of undertaking and promoting cutting-edge research that dovetails with the technological needs of the Swedish industry.
This doctoral student position is in the field of thermal spray coatings for automotive applications. The study will mainly focus on development of wear resistant coatings for brake discs for meeting diverse automotive industry aspirations that could result in reduction in dust emissions and/or vehicle mass through utilization of lighter materials. The research is application-oriented and conducted in close collaboration with industry.
The scientific work in the project
The broad aim of the project is to target development of a new generation of coatings involving the emergent HVAF and SPS processes, designed materials and unique function-specific microstructures/architectures to address specific existing problems that affect particulate emissions and light-weighting capability by vehicle manufacturers. While both methods involve a distinct philosophy to enhance coating performance depending upon functional demands, the methods together will introduce the Swedish automotive industries to a robust coating platform suitable for long-term utilization by companies for continued future developments to achieve their sustainability goals.
Examples of specific research questions that could be addressed in this project are:
- What are the relationships between coating process parameters and microstructure of wear resistant coatings for automotive applications?
- Which microstructural features would result in improvements in performance of wear resistant coatings for automotive applications?
PhD degree program: Production Technology
Qualification requirements:For more information please read 3.1 and 3.2 in General syllabus for the third-cycle programme in Production Technology, Ref. No 2015/1343 B 25: https://www.hv.se/en/research/research-education/production-technology/
Selection: Please read 3.3 in General syllabus for the third-cycle programme in Technology in Production Technology, Ref. No 2015/1343 B 25.
Qualifications of merit for this position:
- Master of Science (or equivalent level) in Material Science, Mechanical Engineering or equivalent
- Experience in material- and property characterization of wear resistant coatings (SEM, XRD, TEM, porosity analysis, and wear testing)
- Experience of thermal spraying (specifically SPS and HVAF)
- Good knowledge of materials used for wear resistant coatings in automotive industry
- Experience of research work and scientific writing
- Ability to communicate orally and in writing in English (documented)
Duration and terms of employment: Employment as a doctoral student shall be on an open-ended basis but not for longer than to a specific point in time and never for a period extending more than one year after receiving the doctoral degree. The initial appointment must not be for more than one year. The appointment may be renewed for no more than two years at a time. A person may be employed as a research student for a total of not more than eight years. The total period of employment, however, may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study at the third level of higher education. (Higher Education Ordinance (SFS 1993:100) Chapter 5 section 7).
Applications are to be submitted electronically through the University West web-based recruitment tool, MyNetwork. Go to https://www.hv.se/en/meet-university-west/job-opportunities/.
The application must include:
- CV/Personal qualifications
- Personal letter containing: - Interest in the research topic. - Previous experience regarding the proposed research topic and its research methods. - Motive to pursue Doctoral studies.
- Degree project of second level of higher education
- Degree certificate of first and second level of higher education
- Other documents which the applicant wishes to invoke
Shrikant Joshi, Professor in production technology
+46520-22 33 36, email@example.com
Chamara Kumara, PhD Committee at Uni. West
+46520-22 33 59, firstname.lastname@example.org