This PhD project is a collaborative work between ESRF, SIMAP laboratory of Univ. Grenoble Alpes, and the industrial partner ArcelorMittal. The context of this work is to develop a high throughput experimental methodology to feed data-driven alloy design and industrial process control. You will join beamline ID31’s team at the ESRF. ID31 is a versatile instrument suited for fast high energy diffraction (HEXRD) measurements. The aim of the PhD project is to develop the methodology of high-throughput, time- and space-resolved in-situ HEXRD, aiming at monitoring in a combinatorial way the compositional dependence of the phase transformation dynamics in advanced steels. You will have to develop the fabrication of compositionally-graded steels from diffusion couples under controlled atmosphere, the implementation of time- and space-resolved fast diffraction experiments at the beamline (furnace adaptation and fast movement, data synchronization), and the use of the very large sets of data obtained to feed physical models for phase transformations and/or machine learning approaches. Strategic scientific cases defined with the industrial partner include: ferrite-to-austenite transformation and cementite dissolution during heating, bainitic transformation in 3rd generation advanced high strength steels, and precipitation of carbides in bainitic and martensitic steels.
Further information may be obtained from Veijo Honkimäki (tel.: +33 (0)4 76 88 27 25, email: firstname.lastname@example.org) and from Alexis Deschamps (+33 (0)6 80 27 19 05, email: email@example.com).
More details about the application procedure on www.innovaxn.eu/for-students/documents/
The successful candidate will be enrolled in the doctoral school of University of Grenoble Alps and based full-time at the ESRF (Grenoble, France), other than a 4-month secondment to ArcelorMittal (Maizières les Metz, France). Additional visits totaling no more than 3 months may be made to the SIMAP laboratory of University of Grenoble Alps when needed, as well as some visits to IJL laboratory in Nancy, France, when present at ArcelorMittal. Furthermore, a varied pedagogical training programme will be offered to the successful candidate throughout the 3-year PhD project.
More details on the InnovaXN programme on www.innovaxn.eu
InnovaXN is a Horizon 2020 MSCA COFUND programme providing an opportunity for 40 industrial companies to work with 40 PhD students, performing advanced research and exploiting the unique characterisation techniques of the ESRF and ILL. Through collaborations with industry, innovation will be the central theme of the programme. This will provide a unique cross academic-industry science setting, secondment opportunities and society-relevant research, training the future key researchers able to tackle major research and societal challenges.