Material Selection for extreme temperature variation and coating optimisation for corrosion resistance, aesthetics and preparation for new water-based products

Key Information

Aircraft ancillary structures can be exposed to harsh environments and extreme temperatures. Currently structures are manufactured from steel, but potential issues can be caused when the equipment is moved from one region to another. To design and manufacture aircraft structure equipment to be used in any part of the world will require a detailed research of advanced materials that are available, whilst keeping design specification of the equipment in mind. Coating solutions to conventional material used will also be investigated to develop the most robust solution with new water-based products to give the equipment the longest service life possible.

Project Aims

This project will evaluate the production method and throughput of a growing aircraft support organisation in terms of:

  • Coatings and corrosion technology
  • Material selection for improved performance in extreme weather conditions
  • Manufacturing processes and scheduling 

Suitable candidate

Background in Chemistry or Materials Engineering

Sponsoring Company AMSS Ltd

Candidates should hold an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree with a minimum classification level of 2:1 or equivalent relevant experience. 

 Our funders require applicants to also meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • You must be a UK or EU citizen (i.e. eligible for ‘home’ tuition fees at the University) and have the right to work in Wales at the end of your studies.
  • You must be resident in West Wales and the Valleys at the point of enrolment and throughout the duration of your studies.
  • You must not be financially able to participate without the award of grant funding.
  • We would normally expect the English Language requirements to be met by point of interview (April 2018). For details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit – http://www.swansea.ac.uk/admissions/englishlanguagerequirements/

Further information regarding eligibility criteria can be found at: http://www.materials-academy.co.uk/eligibility

The Athena SWAN Charter recognises work undertaken by institutions to advance gender equality. The College of Engineering is an Athena SWAN bronze award holder and is committed to addressing unequal gender representation.


The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a tax free stipend of £20,000 p.a.

Closing Date 28 February 2018

Start Date October 2018

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Informal enquiries about this studentship are welcome and may be directed by email to: M2A@swansea.ac.uk