Four-year EngD Scholarship with Heraeus: ‘Enhanced Heating Strategies for Composites Manufacture’

University of Bristol - Faculty of Engineering/Heraeus Noblelight Limited

Location: Heraeus Noblelight Limited, Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 0GQ (some work may need to be carried out at the National Composites Centre, Bristol).

The project:

Four-year EngD scholarship with Heraeus: ‘Enhanced Heating Strategies for Composites Manufacture’

This project represents a very exciting opportunity for a Research Engineer to join a company at the forefront of technology development in composite materials and manufacture, helping to develop new, innovative products for a variety of interesting applications. The project will be based at Heraeus Noblelight on the Cambridge Science Park, where the Research Engineer will join a team of industry experts in the field of heating systems for composites manufacture.

The project will be focused on optimizing heating strategies for composites manufacture. Current heating systems, including infrared lamps, hot gas torches, and lasers are not optimized for composites manufacturing processes such as Automated Fibre Placement, Filament Winding, and Thermoforming. This project will provide the theoretical and experimental basis for developing the most appropriate heating strategy for each process.

Heraeus Noblelight has invented and developed a breakthrough heating system based on their Xenon flashlamp technology. This system is capable of providing pulsed, broadband energy for the heating of composites in a range of manufacturing processes and has been shown to have significant benefits over existing heating sources. The technology has been developed over 5 years in collaboration with the National Composites Centre in Bristol and is now breaking into the composites market. The project will concentrate on understanding and comparing this new technology with existing heat sources, and guiding the further development of the Xenon flashlamp heating system.

To achieve these goals, the Research Engineer will require a combination of theoretical and practical skills. They will undertake a detailed study of the available heating technologies for a range of composites manufacturing processes and build an understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of each one. This may involve designing and implementing physical laboratory experiments, creating analytical and numerical models to describe the processes involved, testing and evaluating composite materials, and developing an in-depth knowledge of the complex physics-based principles underlying the processes. In addition to the research-based activities, the Research Engineer will be expected to contribute fully to a skilled and highly motivated team of experts, taking part in customer trials, design review, and dissemination activities.

Project start date: As soon as possible.

How to apply: If you are interested in applying for this EngD project please send your CV and a covering letter to the IDC at

About the IDC and the EngD programme: For further information about the IDC and the EngD programme please visit:

Candidate requirements: 


An upper second-class degree (or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate discipline.


Stipend: £20k p.a.

Standard EPSRC studentship eligibility criteria apply:


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