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EngD Studentship: Process Monitoring during Grinding of Novel Aerospace Grade 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 scope of this project aims to develop in-process monitoring of grinding technology with the principal focus on data capture, analysis and process health monitoring. The project would look to identify the possible data streams that are available during a range of grinding processes and determine how this data can be used to better understand, monitor, improve and manage the process. These data streams could include process parameters, part measurements taken during machining, environmental conditions, in process outputs, etc.

This project aims to address the following technological challenges

  • Data collection from across a range of grinding processes – The challenge will be how to collect the data reliably and with minimal opportunity for data loss.
  • Processing and storage of data for a large quantity of components – It is important that a sufficient quantity of data is collected and a reliable method of storing this data is essential.
  • Identifying trends and relationships in the data – It is anticipated that this will involve machine learning techniques
  • Understanding of key process variables – Mapping of all process variables and their impact on process output metrics and ultimately component performance will also be critical factors to ensure a closed loop methodology can be established.

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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