EngD Studentship: Flashlamp Technology for Composites Manufacture

Cranfield University

Four-year EngD position with Heraeus Noblelight, Cambridge, UK

Start Date: asap

Duration of award: 4 years

Heraeus Noblelight has invented a breakthrough heating system based on their Xenon flashlamp technology which is capable of providing pulsed, broadband energy for the processing of composites. This has the potential of lowering manufacturing cost and increasing production rates sufficiently to expand the applicability of composite materials in aircraft and components outside their current feasibility envelope.

The EngD project targets the development, optimisation and integration of the technology to address processes such as Automated Fibre Placement, Thermoforming and Filament Winding. The work will involve the investigation of the physics governing the interaction of pulsed flashlamp light with the composite material during manufacture, the development of predictive models of the processes involved,  the design and implementation of process trials and material characterisation experiments, the optimisation of processing conditions  and the evaluation of process outcome using testing.

The project will be based at Heraeus Noblelight on the Cambridge Science Park, where the Research Engineer will join a team of skilled and highly motivated industry experts. It is envisaged that some of the development activities will take place at the National Composites Centre (NCC), Bristol. In addition to the research activities the Research Engineer will be involved in all stages of product development including wider dissemination, design reviews and end user trials.

The successful candidate will spend 75% of their time working on the industry-led research project at Heraeus Noblelight/NCC, with the remaining time allocated to attending specialist taught units at the National Composites Centre in Bristol. The candidate will be registered as an EngD student at Cranfield University.

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have a first or second class UK honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline, such as Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry or Chemical Engineering,. The ideal candidate should have some understanding in the area of composites manufacture as well as polymers.


Sponsored by the Industrial Doctorate Centre (IDC) in Composites Manufacture (University of Bristol) and Heraeus Noblelight Limited, this studentship will provide a bursary of up to £20,000 p.a. (tax free) plus fees* for four years.

* To be eligible for this funding, applicant must be a UK or EU national. We require that applicants are under no restrictions regarding how long they can stay in the UK, i.e. have no visa restrictions or applicant has “settled status” and has been “ordinarily resident” in the UK for 3 years prior to start of studies and has not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals).

How to apply:

For further information please contact: Dr Alex Skordos  or Dr David Williams

If you are eligible to apply for this research studentship, please complete the online application

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