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EngD Studentship: Non-conventional Cutting Processes for CFRP Materials (sponsored by AMRC and EPSRC)

University of Sheffield - Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre

Qualification Type: Professional Doctorate
Location: Sheffield
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £18,000 annual stipend
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 13th February 2019
Closes: 31st March 2020

Duration – 4 years

Funding Stipend: £18,000 per annum with additional in-kind support from Rolls-Royce through industrial supervision, access to facilities and case studies.

Funding Body - EPSRC and AMRC

Vacancy Information – Applications are invited for a fully funded 4-year EngD studentship covering UK fees and stipend /EU fees only, as part of The EPSRC sponsored AMRC Industrial Doctorate Centre (IDC).

The use of non-mechanical material removal technology, particularly abrasive waterjetting, is commonly used in the aerospace industry and has been identified through a recent AMRC study as a potential step change technology to enable high speed cutting of carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) composite parts.

Using high accuracy, tailored robotic kinematics in combination with high-pressure waterjet technology, it is anticipated significant savings in weight and cost to the process are likely achievable. A target for this technology would be to remove the need for conventional finish machining entirely. Less is understood about the effect of such cutting techniques on the quality of the final part.

The scientific challenges to be addressed in this research shall be:

  • To generate a simulation of the abrasive waterjet cutting process.
  • To validate the model using controlled experimental tests.
  • To identify enhanced process settings, utilising design of experiment, response surface methodologies and established optimisation techniques using a combination of modelling and experimental testing.
  • To develop a knowledge base for the specific material used in industrial application relating to the impact of resulting cut edge quality on in-service part performance.
  • To demonstrate the ability of the waterjet equipment, in combination with optimised parameters to achieve an in-specification generic part.
  • To develop a cost model of the process using information gather on cost of process consumables, operating costs, etc.

All applications should be submitted online. See the How to Apply section of the IDC in Machining Science website. Please follow the instructions carefully, and ensure that you specify which project you are applying for and include in your statement why you are interested in the project and how you will contribute.

Applicants must have, or expect to get, a 1st or good 2:1 degree (or Masters with Merit) in a relevant science or engineering subject such as Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Materials Science, or Physics.

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

Candidates must also be able show that their English language proficiency is at a level which allows them to successfully complete the EngD. 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).

For an informal discussion, please contact the IDC Centre Team,

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