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4-year PhD studentship, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing Supported by National Physical Laboratory (NPL)

Engineering

Location:  University Park
Closing Date:  Tuesday 01 January 2019
Reference:  ENG1232

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship (4 years) within the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Additive Manufacturing in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham. http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/additivemanufacturing/.

Project Title: Mechanical performance assurance and validation processes for additively manufactured parts. 

Additive Manufacturing is increasingly being used to produce functional metallic end-use parts, especially in Aerospace and Medical industries. AM made parts pose new challenges to quality assurance as the material is made during the process. There is an urgent need to provide new guidance and methods to enable AM made parts to be used in safety critical applications and to enable greater innovation in developing new AM processes and materials. Little work has been undertaken to address the lifetime performance of parts and the degree to which test parts can be used to assure part quality and determine material performance.

The scope of this project is to evaluate the current trends in AM and determine the applicability of international standard test methods for assessment of mechanical properties and failure of parts generated from the AM processes. Defining the process modelling input, quality assurance through the manufacture process and validation requirements will direct the requirement for test methods and outline the challenges.

Business benefits:

Additive Manufacturing (AM) is seeing increasing acceptance as a production technology for high value manufacturing, especially in aerospace and medical implants, enabling more complex and higher performance parts to be made more quickly than with conventional techniques. However, there are a number of barriers to its wider adoption in the UK which are being identified in the recent UK AM Strategy. These will include the challenges of validating parts and the lack of agreed testing standards. This program of work with NPL will address the testing gaps to support industry addressing the challenges as these become more apparent. Developing validation and definition of appropriate test methods to help the industry understanding the AM material behaviours with the industry and have an input on the standardisation of methods.

Eligibility

•       Due to funding restrictions, the position is only available for UK and EU candidates.

•       Candidates must possess or expect to obtain, a 2:1 or first class degree in Engineering or Physical Sciences related discipline. Applicants with Mechanical and Materials Engineering background are strongly encouraged to apply.

•       Candidates will be available to start on 1st February 2019.

How to apply

Please send a copy of your covering letter, CV and academic transcripts to amcdt@nottingham.ac.uk referring to the project title. 

Closing date: 1st January 2019

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