My PhD research is based at Leicester and is concerned with stress relaxation in nickel-based superalloy springs for high temperature use in the next generation of reduced emissions power plants. I am industrially sponsored by Alstom (now owned by General Electric (GE) since 2015), who are a major steam turbine manufacturer based in Rugby, about 30 miles away. My project has been varied, creating theoretical models, developing and conducting complex experiments (pictured left), investigating metal processing methods, and learning material characterisation techniques such as Transmission Electron Microscopy. The work has been challenging and exciting, requiring knowledge of engineering, physics and chemistry, and the CDT has been responsible for preparing and supporting me through this. I have spent time visiting Alstom/GE on placements and have had multiple useful discussions and talks at the site with technicians and specialists in the field, to guide the project over the next two years. I would recommend the CDT to anyone with an interest in the field, it has been an exciting, rewarding journey with my cohort, and is an excellent way to begin a career as a research scientist.