CASE Studentship with the Manufacturing Technology Centre: High Speed Additive Manufacturing - Developing Productivity for Metal Processing

University of Sheffield - Electronic & Electrical Engineering

A funded PhD CASE Studentship (UK/EU only) is available for research into next-generation additive manufacturing (AM) processes based on a new method for selective laser melting of metal powders. The approach is based on diode area melting (DAM) using arrays of laser diodes for efficient, scalable, high-speed parallel processing of 3D components.

The project aims to: understand the technical capabilities of the DAM process for production of relevant features and resolutions required for parts produced by the automotive industry; investigate the current prototype system and different machine and laser configurations to help understand and drive improvements in process speed, productivity, and cost; benchmark the DAM system with current and emerging AM systems.

The University of Sheffield has an unparalleled range of both additive manufacturing and optoelectronic facilities and expertise, being host to EPSRC Future Manufacturing Hubs in both Manufacture using Advanced Powder Processes (MAPP) and in Future Photonics. The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) is the lead centre for additive manufacturing technology within the High Value Manufacturing Catapult and is home to the National Centre for Additive Manufacturing, providing a unique demonstration “factory” for AM.

The Studentship will be based within the Faculty of Engineering, across the Dept. of Electronic & Electrical Engineering and Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, with a number of training courses and a placement at the MTC supported by an associated travel budget.

The successful applicant will gain expertise in various aspects of optoelectronics, integrated optics, and materials processing at Sheffield. Training in AM design and characterisation, cost modelling and benchmarking will be provided at the MTC. Furthermore, attendance at UK and international research meetings and engagement with both the MTC and the EPSRC Manufacturing Hubs will develop networking and presentation skills.

The successful applicant will be paid an annual stipend of not less than £18,777 (i.e. current RCUK standard stipend of £14,777 plus £4,000 per annum enhanced stipend) plus 100% of tuition fees will be covered for up to 4 years. Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, you may be entitled to a full or a partial award. The award is available to UK/EU applicants only.

A budget is available in support of the Studentship to cover both research costs and travel expenses.

Applicants should hold or be working towards a 1st or upper 2nd class honours degree in a relevant physical science, engineering, or mathematics discipline.

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