PhD Studentship: Atomisation processes for heterogeneous metal powder production

University of Leeds

Supervisors: Contact Professor Andrew Mullis to discuss this project further informally.

Project description

The advent of 3D printing with metal powders has opened up a new era in manufacturing technology and is driving demand for functionalised particulate materials. This project is part of the ‘EPSRC Future Manufacturing Hub in Manufacture using Advanced Powder Processes’ (MAPP), a £20M collaboration between the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield, Oxford, Manchester and Imperial College, together with 17 industrial partners and 7 high value manufacturing Catapult centres. We are seeking to recruit a PhD student to investigate the production of functionalised, heterogeneous metal powders by gas atomisation and drop-tube processing. Working closely with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in Sheffield your research will involve the optimisation of atomiser design and operating parameters to improve the stability and efficiency of the gas atomisation process, leading to improved control of the powder product. You will also investigate the development of novel routes to add improved functionality to the metal powders produced, such as the addition in situ of low reflectivity coatings to aid laser absorption during subsequent 3D layer manufacturing processes.

Value: Standard Research Council Rates (SCAPE DTP Scholarship competition)

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with or expecting a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1), and/or a Master's degree in a relevant subject.

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements:

How to apply

Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the university's website. Please state clearly in the research information section that the PhD you wish to be considered for is the ‘Atomisation Processes for Heterogeneous Metal Powder Production’ as well as Professor Andrew Mullis as your proposed supervisor.

If you require any further information please contact the Graduate School Office
e:, t: +44 (0)113 343 8000.

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