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PhD Studentship: Friction and Wear of Additive Manufactured (3D Printed) Parts - 4 year fully funded

University of Sheffield

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Sheffield
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £16,264 annual enhanced stipend + covers tuition fees
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 10th July 2018
Closes: 31st August 2018

Project Description:

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Integrated Tribology (iT-CDT) are offering a unique opportunity to work on this PhD project aimed at developing Friction and wear of Additive Manufactured (3D Printed) parts.

This project brings together existing expertise in Additive Manufacturing (AM) and Tribology, in order to carry out the first ever comprehensive study of the friction and wear behaviour of parts produced by polymer Additive Manufacturing (AM) techniques.

In recent years, powdered-polymer AM techniques have become increasingly interesting to industry; an increasing emphasis on light-weighting, combined with developments in our understanding of the behaviour of the systems and materials themselves, has led to a recognition of their importance as future technologies. Here in Sheffield we don’t want to stop there. 

We believe these techniques can be used in a far broader range of applications than those currently seen, but that in order for this to happen we must develop a deeper understanding of their behaviour under real-life conditions. In particular, while these processes can be used to produce complex moving assemblies, we have little knowledge of their long-term performance in this type of application. 

The friction and wear properties of these parts will undoubtedly be different from those of their more traditional counterparts, and may even provide superior properties in some cases.  Understanding the behaviour of AM parts when in contact with other materials or surfaces will therefore be crucial to their acceptance and success.

About iT-CDT:

iT-CDT is a training and research centre for PhD Students. Working in collaboration with the University of Leeds, the Centre recruits a cohort of 12 students per year working along side world leading academics and industrial partners.

Tribology is all about friction, wear and lubrication and is the science behind how things move over each other. The iT-CDT provides students with advanced science and technology training designed to provide relevant tribology fundamentals to students with engineering and physical sciences background, a bespoke professional and personal development programme, to equip students with transferable skills required for careers in both academia and industry and industry exposure through placements/projects with industrial partners.


Applicants should hold a minimum of a Honours Degree at 2:1 level in Mechanical/Materials Engineering, Physics, Chemistry Mathematics or related subject. Candidates with other relevant backgrounds may also be considered.

Excellent organisational and communication skills are required, along with a keen interest to engage in industry-focussed research.

This studentship covers the cost of tuition fees and provides an annual tax-free enhanced stipend for 4 years (£16,264.00 for 2018/19).

Applicants must have UK Home Fee status, or EU citizenship and been resident in the UK for at least three years prior to the start of the project.

Further Information:

To discuss this PhD project - Please contact Dr Candice Majewski for more details, or +44 (0) 114 222 7791

To find out more about the iT-CDT and what we do; please visit or contact iT-CDT Centre Manager Kimberley Matthews - Hyde on or +44 (0) 114 2227811

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