You will be part of a small dynamic team developing state of the art computational models which are used to simulate a range of micro mechanical tests and microscopy data. This project focuses on simulating delayed hydride cracking in Zr alloys as used in compact nuclear reactors for submarine propulsion. You will simulate the coupled mechanical/hydrogen diffusion process within a discrete dislocation plasticity framework. This will involve developing a FEM code to solve the H diffusion equation, and coupling this with a discrete dislocation plasticity code to simulate dislocation-hydrogen interactions. The majority of the coding will be in Matlab, with the opportunity to learn and use C and CUDA to accelerate the code.
The project will link to experimental work within the wider Materials for Fusion and Fission Power group and may involve interaction with Rolls Royce (Marine).
The description above outlines a possible new research project being offered to prospective new postgraduate students.