Joint Materials Science degree TU Delft & Ghent University

On 17 December, 2018 Jun Wu obtained the first joint PhD degree Materials Science of Delft University of Technology and Ghent University.
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First joint PhD degree Materials Science TU Delft and Ghent University

On Monday 17 December 2018, Jun Wu of the department of Materials Science and Engineering (TU Delft) defended his PhD thesis in Delft. After the successful defence he was awarded two doctoral diplomas: one of Delft University of Technology, handed over by prof.dr.ir. Jilt Sietsma, his promotor in Delft, and one of Ghent University, handed over by prof.dr.ir. Roumen Petrov, his promotor in Ghent. Earlier, on 7 November 2018, Jun Wu had defended his PhD thesis in a closed session in Ghent, according to the Ghent regulations.

The topic of dr. Wu’s research is the behaviour of steel in railways under the influence of trains running over the tracks. Due to the very heavy loading and local temperature increase significant changes in the microstructure take place, which eventually lead to damage. The project was sponsored by STW and ProRail, was performed in collaboration with Railway Engineering at the faculty CiTG (TU Delft) and the obtained results and understanding help ProRail on their way to the ultimate goal of total avoidance of damage in rails.

This joint PhD degree is the first in most likely a series of joint degrees of Delft and Ghent and is a landmark for the intense cooperation between the departments Materials Science and Engineering of both universities, which started in 2005. Since then, both young researchers and professors very regularly cover the 180 km between the two cities for research and education in materials science. With a common focus on metals, the expertise of the two departments is suitably complementary, with a focus in Delft on thermodynamics and modelling and in Ghent on electron microscopy. Several research projects are performed with dual supervision, and therefore more joint PhD degrees of Delft and Ghent are anticipated in the coming years.

Microstructure evolution in pearlitic rail steel due to rail/wheel interaction
by Jun Wu (doctoral thesis 2018)

Joint Materials Science degree TU Delft & Ghent University

First joint PhD degree Materials Science TU Delft and Ghent University

On Monday 17 December 2018, Jun Wu of the department of Materials Science and Engineering (TU Delft) defended his PhD thesis in Delft. After the successful defence he was awarded two doctoral diplomas: one of Delft University of Technology, handed over by prof.dr.ir. Jilt Sietsma, his promotor in Delft, and one of Ghent University, handed over by prof.dr.ir. Roumen Petrov, his promotor in Ghent. Earlier, on 7 November 2018, Jun Wu had defended his PhD thesis in a closed session in Ghent, according to the Ghent regulations.

The topic of dr. Wu’s research is the behaviour of steel in railways under the influence of trains running over the tracks. Due to the very heavy loading and local temperature increase significant changes in the microstructure take place, which eventually lead to damage. The project was sponsored by STW and ProRail, was performed in collaboration with Railway Engineering at the faculty CiTG (TU Delft) and the obtained results and understanding help ProRail on their way to the ultimate goal of total avoidance of damage in rails.

This joint PhD degree is the first in most likely a series of joint degrees of Delft and Ghent and is a landmark for the intense cooperation between the departments Materials Science and Engineering of both universities, which started in 2005. Since then, both young researchers and professors very regularly cover the 180 km between the two cities for research and education in materials science. With a common focus on metals, the expertise of the two departments is suitably complementary, with a focus in Delft on thermodynamics and modelling and in Ghent on electron microscopy. Several research projects are performed with dual supervision, and therefore more joint PhD degrees of Delft and Ghent are anticipated in the coming years.

Microstructure evolution in pearlitic rail steel due to rail/wheel interaction
by Jun Wu (doctoral thesis 2018)