4 year PhD studentship, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham: EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing ENG1204

University of Nottingham - Engineering

The doctoral project will be based at the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham. Over the course of this project you will have access to one of the most comprehensive Additive Manufacturing (3D-Printing) laboratory facilities plus the metrology labs for the Manufacturing Metrology Team.

For more information, please see www.nottingham.ac.uk/additivemanufacturing/index.aspx and www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/manufacturing-metrology

Title: Correlating volume and surface features in additively manufactured metal parts

Project description: 

Porosity analysis is of great value in additive manufacturing and provides significant insight for researchers working on process development. For the industrialist, however, measurement of parts using current X-ray tomography techniques is expensive and slow. If it is possible to correlate internal features (such as porosity) to external features (such as those present on a surface), it may be possible to infer information about a part volume from the process fingerprint remaining on the part surface. The aim of the research for this PhD is to develop a measurement pipeline to algorithmically determine surface features in a repeatable manner, and to apply this pipeline to a series of additive metal samples. Measurement of surface features in a repeatable manner will allow for the acquisition of a deep understanding of surface geometry, and, through correlation to porosity data acquired using X-ray measurements, could allow for the detection and prevention of subsurface defects during processing.

The project will be supervised by Prof. Richard Leach and an industrial sponsor. 


  • Due to funding restrictions, the position is only available for UK or EU candidates
  • Candidates must possess or expect to obtain, a high 2:1 or 1st class degree in Engineering, Physics or science related discipline.
  • Candidates will be available to start on the following date: 1st October 2018.

How to apply

Please send a copy of your covering letter, CV and academic transcript to amcdt@nottingham.ac.uk. Please note applications without academic transcript will not be considered. Please refer to the title of the project in your e-mail.

Informal enquiries can be sent to Prof. Richard Leach, richard.leach@nottingham.ac.uk.

Please quote ref. ENG1204.

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