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PhD Studentship - UK/EU

EPSRC Fully-funded PhD Industrial CASE Studentship: Structural Integrity of Gas Distribution Network
School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

We have an exciting opportunity to undertake an EPSRC industrial CASE studentship within the Ultrasound and Instrumentation Research Group at the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering. Based at the University of Leeds the successful student would have the opportunity to work with a team of multidisciplinary researchers and industrial collaborators.

Stress concentration tomography (SCT) is a method of inferring localised stress in ferrous materials through projections of magnetic field determined by an array of magnetometers. The technique has undergone a number of trials, most recently a blind trial was performed with National Grid (NG) scanning over 10 sites covering over 40km of high pressure pipelines. The SCT system is based on a research programme that started in 2011 at the University of Leeds, School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and School of Physics. The project has a strong exploitation route through industrial collaborators.

This project is in the area of magnetic based sensing techniques for pipeline stress characterisation and is focussed on the characterisation of stress concentration zones in high pressure gas transmission pipelines. You will use a mix of experimental and theoretical tools for the Non Destructive Testing (NDT) of ferrous materials. The applicant will use small laboratory based experiments to inform much larger studies which will be performed on industrial test sites under the guidance of collaborators National Grid. The project is a collaboration of the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and the School of Physics.

The 3.5 year scholarship will pay EU/UK annual tuition fees at £3,975 and an annual maintenance of £13,863 plus a £3,000 industrial top up.

UK applicants will be eligible for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance. European Union applicants will be eligible for an award paying tuition fees only, except in exceptional circumstances, or where residency has been establish for more than 3 years prior to the start of the course.

Further Information
For more information regarding the project, research group or the school, please contact Dr Steven Freear (

Entry requirements
Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, an upper-second-class or first-class honours degree or equivalent in an STEM discipline.

Application deadline: 31st October 2014

How to apply
Formal applications for research degree study should be made on-line through the university's website.  Please state clearly on the funding section of the application form that you wish to be considered for scholarship ‘Structural Integrity of Gas Distribution Network’. In the research information section please state the names Dr S Freear.

If you require any further information please contact the Graduate School Office, e:, t: +44 (0)113 343 8000.