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PhD Studentship: The finish machining of additively manufactured (AM) Nickel Super-alloy components

University of Bath - Mechanical Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bath
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £17,000
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 3rd October 2018
Closes: 17th December 2018

EPSRC iCase Studentship with Renishaw Plc.

Nickel-based super alloys are advanced materials which can withstand high temperatures. They are extensively used in high-temperature applications such as in jet engines and oil&gas applications. The material properties which makes nickel super alloys ideal for specific applications are also responsible for difficulties in manufacturing processes. Additive manufacturing (AM) has revolutionised how parts are designed and manufactured. However, there are key remaining issues making a barrier for full adoption of AM at industrial scale. Finishing of the AM parts is one of these major issues.

A new project is commencing at the University of Bath in collaboration with Renishaw Plc. This project identifies the key grades of Nickel Super-alloys and investigates their post-AM machining requirements. This includes developing the material model for machining simulation, simulation of machining processes using Abaqus, investigating the material cutting mechanism and analysing chip formation. As part of this studentship, you will have access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities at the University of Bath which includes CNC machines, various microscopes including Alicona 3D microscope and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Cryogenic machining and minimum quantity lubrication systems and metal additive manufacturing machine. This project has a good balance between analytical and experimental work during the project’s lifetime.

The Advanced Machining Processes and Systems team has a track record of research in manufacturing systems and is leading research in cryogenic machining, tool design and novel solutions for machining processes for specialist alloys and composites.

The successful candidate will have a degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering, Physics, or related disciplines.

The candidate will join an established community of doctoral researchers and benefit from support from internationally leading academic supervisors and expert industry practitioners and opinion leaders. Successful candidates will emerge with highly sought-after multidisciplinary skills and an international reputation for excellence in continuous manufacturing and crystallisation research.

Due to the funding regulations, this position is only available for home and EU candidates.

If you are interested in this position, please contact Dr Alborz Shokrani for further information.

EPSRC iCase Studentship with Renishaw Plc. This is available for Home and EU applicants who have lived, worked or studied within the UK for three years prior to the start date. The studentship is for 4 years and covers University tuition fees (Home/EU) and provides an annual tax-free stipend of £17,000.

Preferred start date September 2019 17th December 2018

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