Microstructural design of next generation Ni-based superalloys

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Ni-based superalloys are regarded as 'one of the most complex of all materials engineered by mankind’ due to their hierarchical microstructural design. The demand for novel superalloy grades that can withstand higher mechanical loads under harsh, high-temperature environments for aerospace, power generation and oil and gas applications is continuously growing. Commercially available alloy grades are manufactured via highly specific metallurgical processing, but often suffer from tearing and cracking during forming. This project aims to open up a pathway towards microstructural design of next generation superalloys with improved formability through a systematic study of the processing-structure-property relationship of selected model alloys.

The ideal candidate for this project holds a high distinction (Bachelor with Honour’s or Master’s) degree in Materials Science & Engineering or related discipline from a leading university with a strong focus on physical metallurgy. We are seeking a candidate with extended research experience (in academia or industry) including publication in leading peer-reviewed physical metallurgy journals and at international congresses. Experimental skills including alloy fabrication, microscopy (including high-resolution techniques such as transmission electron and atom probe microscopy), and mechanical testing are highly desirable. Furthermore, the ideal candidate should be an ambitious and resilient team-player with high leadership potential, and demonstrate a strong desire to pursue an academic career pathway following PhD.

Supervisory team
Sophie
Primig

Science
Materials Science & Engineering
Paul
Munroe

Science
Materials Science & Engineering
Xiaopeng
Li

Engineering
Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
s.primig@unsw.edu.au