PhD Studentship: Die-Less Sheet Metal Forming

University of Bath - Department of Mechanical Engineering

The process of shaping sheet metal is an essential part of Manufacturing in an array of industries, including aerospace and automotive. However, the majority of forming happens with wasteful technologies such as deep drawing, which require expensive dedicated tooling. Although great progress has recently taken place in the fields of additive and subtractive manufacturing, a universal forming machine remains a challenge. Such an invention would dramatically reduce carbon emissions through the elimination of scrap.

A new project is commencing within the Materials and Structures Group and the Advanced Manufacturing Group at the University of Bath, and in collaboration with Nissan, Primetals Technologies and the MTC. The aim of the project is to extend the range of geometries produced by known die-less, net shape technologies, through a thorough investigation of the influence of various process parameters. Demonstrators for these updated processes will be evaluated in the lab and using numerical methods, leading to the next generation of flexible forming technologies.

The successful candidate will benefit from frequent interaction with industrial partners in the automotive and manufacturing sectors, as well as collaborations with other major academic institutions.

A Home/EU award will provide full tuition fees, an annual Training Support Fee of £1,000, and a tax-free maintenance payment of £14,553 (2017-8 rate) for up to 3.5 years.

An Overseas award (3 years): Provides tuition fee, an annual Training Support Fee of £1,000, but no stipend.

The successful applicant will ideally have graduated (or be due to graduate) with an undergraduate Masters first class degree and/or MSc distinction (or overseas equivalent).

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