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Performance of New Friction Materials

Course Description

Robert Gordon University, through School of Engineering and the IDEAS Research Institute, is offering a Master by Research studentship funded by Technip.

Technip operates in 48 countries, has state-of-the-art industrial assets on all continents and operates a fleet of specialized vessels for pipeline installation and subsea construction.

This project aims to investigate advanced friction elastomeric materials for use in oil and gas applications. Friction materials are a heterogeneous material composed of a few elements and are vital for many systems. Each element has its own function, including improving the friction property at low and high temperatures, increasing strength and rigidity, prolonging life, reducing porosity, and reducing noise. Changes in the element types or weight percentages of the elements in the formulation may change the physical, mechanical, and chemical properties of the friction materials product to be developed.

The Masters by Research study will investigate the effect of operational parameters variation in the frictional performance of the materials. The researcher will test and characterise as well as monitor chemical and micro-structural properties for newly tailored elastomer formulations.

This position has potential to develop to a fully funded PHD programme depending on the candidate performance.
Please see further information available at http://www.rgu.ac.uk/research/graduate-schools/applying-for-a-research-degree

Applicants should Apply Online at http://www.rgu.ac.uk/research/graduate-schools/applying-for-a-research-degree or through the further information link above. When applying, please click on advertised studentships and select ENG13. Your application should include an outline research proposal of approximately 500 words.

Deadline for receipt of applications is ASAP.

It is expected that candidates are available to register and commence study in October 2014.

Visit the Performance of New Friction Materials page on the Robert Gordon University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a First or Second Class UK honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline such Mechanical Engineering, Polymer Technology, Nanotechnology or Materials Science. An MSc in a relevant subject is highly desirable. Knowledge or experience of polymer composites is advantageous.UK and EU applicants only.

Course Fees

UK/EU fees included ( Funding available: £14,202 p.a)

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