Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Ferrari Body in White - Design for Additive Manufacture for BIW Components

Swansea University - Engineering

As part of the design process, the Ferrari Body in White (BIW) team, in collaboration with Altair Product Design UK, have developed a light weight architecture, through linear optimization (topology, topometry, etc.), suitable for front engine GT cars. The chassis is completely delivered with all necessary physical tests, close to the start of production.

The combination of advanced design methodologies, such as topology optimization for structures, with the rapidly emerging additive manufacturing technology for metal parts gives rise to innovative light-weight designs previously not possible to manufacture.

Starting from an established design solution, close to the start of production, the aim of this project is to investigate reducing BIW weight by replacing one or more structural BIW components with additively manufactured components, taking full advantage of modern design optimisation techniques. The student will work with Ferrari to identify key components and load cases and as part of the project the student would be expected to spend time with Ferrari. The student will also work with Altair UK, one of the industry leaders in design optimisation and light weighting.

The result of these activities will be a design solution that will be applied and validated by the student. 

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Academic Requirements:

Candidates should hold an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree with a minimum classification level of 2:1 or equivalent relevant experience.

The ideal candidate would be a motivated and knowledgeable MSc programme student with experience in CAE and who is interested to start a research project focused on automotive BIW design activities which could potentially evolve into an EngD programme.

It is recommended that the student is interested to learn and enhance their knowledge in the Italian language despite Ferrari and the University of Modena having international backgrounds.

Residency Criteria:

Our funders require applicants to also meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • You must be a UK or EU citizen (i.e. eligible for ‘home’ tuition fees at the University) and have the right to work in Wales at the end of your studies.
  • You must be resident in WestWales and the Valleys at the point of enrolment and throughout the duration of your studies.
  • You must not be financially able to participate without the award of grant funding.

Additional Funding Information

The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a tax free stipend of £12,500 p.a.

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