PhD: Intelligent System for the Re-use of Tooling in Sheet Metal Industry

The University of Manchester - School of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering

Lead Supervisor: Professor S Hinduja

Co-Supervisor(s): Dr R Heinemann


PhD in Mechanical Engineering

Research Theme


The main aim of this project is to develop a knowledge-based system to assist designers of sheet metal components in optimizing tooling costs by the re-use of legacy tooling and expertise.

This aim is to be achieved by developing a computer-assisted system, which is capable of representing features commonly found in sheet metal components, automatically recognizing these features in a CAD model of a component, establishing a tool library, and determining the tooling for a given set of features in a component. This project will be carried out with a small company located in South Manchester. In addition to reduced tooling costs, the company will benefit from reduced lead times and the system developed will provide a mechanism to capture and retain valuable manufacturing skills within the company.

Skills required

Knowledge of manufacturing processes, and the ability to program in MATLAB and/or C++ is essential.

The other entry requirements can be found by selecting the relevant PhD programme at:

Industrial Links

The studentship is co-funded by CTC Pressings Ltd  within the MACE Beacon Scholarship scheme. Funding covers stipend and full tuition fees for home/EU students. Overseas students will need to identify additional funding to cover the difference in fees. The student will be fully funded as follows: Home/EU Fees - £4,195. Maintenance - £14,553 per year.  Maintenance top-up - £1,000 per year.

Further information about how to apply can be found at:

General enquiries relating to the postgraduate application process within the School of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering should be directed to:

Martin Lockey, Senior PG Recruitment & Admissions Administrator (E-mail:, Tel: +44(0)161 275 4345)

Closing date for applications*

15 July 2018

Project specific enquiries*

Professor S Hinduja

Share this PhD
  Share by Email   Print this job   More sharing options
We value your feedback on the quality of our adverts. If you have a comment to make about the overall quality of this advert, or its categorisation then please send us your feedback
Advert information

Type / Role:


Northern England