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Life enhancement of aerospace structures using laser surface modification

Eligibility: UK/EU graduates with the required entry requirements

Award Details: Bursary plus tuition fees  (UK/EU)

Duration: Full Time - between three and three and a half years fixed term

Application deadline: 30th November 2018

Interview dates: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date(s): January 2019

Informal enquiries are essential before application; contact Professor Michael Fitzpatrick to discuss this opportunity.


Coventry University (CU) is inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for a (fully-funded) PhD studentship The research group for Materials Engineering and Structural Integrity has over 40 academic staff, researchers and PhD students, led by Professors Michael Fitzpatrick, Xiang Zhang, Nigel Jennett, and Alex Chroneos. The group has a focus on the development of advanced techniques for the study of engineering problems in materials research.

The Project

This project will investigate the application of laser shock peening to aerospace alloys, combining experimental and modelling approaches to optimise the application of the technique to trial components for current development programmes.

The project is part of a programme of research, in collaboration with Airbus and the US Air Force Research Laboratory, on the application of laser surface engineering to improve materials integrity. The project will investigate laser shock peening for the generation of residual stress and the enhancement of fatigue life. The project will involve the use of advanced methods for the characterization of residual stress, including at international neutron and X-ray sources. There will also be experimental characterisation of fatigue and fracture properties.


Home/EU fees and standard stipend available


The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.

All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities. 

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average. 
    the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years
  • a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)


  • first degree in materials science/engineering, mechanical engineering, physics or a related subject
  • knowledge and/or experience in stress analysis
  • knowledge and/or experience in mechanical testing
  • willingness to travel in support of the requirements of the project

Eligibility & Application Procedure


All UK/EU students are eligible to apply that meet the academic requirements, the eligibility criteria can be found making an application page.