Fully funded Four Year PhD Studentship sponsored by AMRC with Boeing and EPSRC: Industrial Robotics for Advanced Machining

University of Sheffield

Partners: BAE Systems, University of Sheffield AMRC with Boeing & EPSRC
Start date: TBA
Duration: 4 years
Stipend: Tax free stipend of £18,000 per year, plus all tuition fees paid at UK/EU rates.

Please check eligibility requirements before applying.

Project Description

Industrial robots typically used in the automotive manufacturing sector are flexible assets that are used to automate many manufacturing processes. The use of robots for high value manufacturing applications is very cost effective and allows for a significant level of manufacturing control and repeatability. The use of industrial robots for machining applications is the next logical step for this technology. There is a need for low cost flexible machining assets, a need potentially addressed by industrial robots. Industrial robots have many pros / cons. Cons include positioning accuracy as well as stiffness. Stiffness is critical for machining applications, and typical aerospace component accuracy requirements demand higher performance from machining assets. Research is underway exploring how point to point moves made by a robot can be augmented and new robots that are potentially stiffer have been commercially released. No in-depth research has yet been conducted to assess the performance of these stiffer robots nor has any significant progress been made to address path following accuracy of robots. Augmenting point to point moves made by a robot can satisfy the needs of component hole drilling applications, however machining of high accuracy aerospace components requires more understanding of generic stiffness as well as augmentation of path following capabilities.

This PhD ‘Advanced industrial robotics’ will explore industrial robot dynamics and augmentation in an effort to derive new understanding which could evolve this technology into a viable manufacturing capability.

Entry requirements and eligibility

Prospective candidates should have a good honours degree (Class 1 or 2:1) in Mechanical Engineering, Control Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics or other related disciplines. Candidates with a background in one or more the following topics are particularly encouraged to apply: Robotics, system identification, signal processing, control, optimisation, manufacturing.

Applicants should have coding experience. Familiarity with CAD/CAM software and/or machining would also be useful. You should be enthusiastic about research with an interest in technology development and innovation in manufacturing.

Due to EPSRC residency requirements, this project is open only to UK applicants and EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years immediately preceding the start of the course.

Candidates must also be able show that their English language proficiency is at a level which allows them to successfully complete the PhD. All applicants require an English language qualification, typically a GCSE or an IELTS test (a score of 7 or above is required, with a minimum of 6 in each component).

If in doubt about any aspect of Eligibility, please email idc-machining-science@sheffield.ac.uk for clarification.

How to apply

To apply please submit a PhD application using our online application system via the Apply link.

Within the application, please state Dr Erdem Ozturk as your preferred supervisor.

Please state the project title as “Industrial Robotics For Advanced Machining”.

For an informal conversation about the project please contact: Dr Erdem Ozturk (e.ozturk@sheffield.ac.uk)

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