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PhD Studentship: EngD Studentship Opportunity in Additive manufacture of Engineering Steels using Flux-cored Wire

University of Surrey - Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in MiNMaT (Micro- and NanoMaterials and Technologies)

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Aldershot, Guildford
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Full stipend is paid at around £20,000 pa
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 27th February 2019
Closes: 1st August 2019

Studentship description

Metallic additive manufacture (AM) is an exciting emerging technology that is changing the way advanced engineering structures are made. This project is the first time that flux-cored wires have been explored for next generation additive manufacturing of advanced materials for automotive, aerospace and defence applications.

This project will explore how this current technology and capability can be evolved into additive manufacturing of full components. A key thread will be establishing and quantifying the specific challenges to moving from resurfacing by depositing a few layers of weld metal to full component manufacture using tens or even hundreds of layers. The project will therefore commence with the deposition of current resurfacing solutions (first six months) and progress with the manufacture of increasingly challenging steels and prototypical components. The challenges include higher performance steels, increased reinforcement, compositional grading, more complex geometry, etc. The research programme will include microstructural characterisation, experimental stress-strain measurement, modelling of stress-strain accumulation during additive manufacture and alloy development. High wear resistance steels will be the focus of the research programme and the research is likely to include some wear evaluation and fracture toughness testing.

Alongside the scientific, technological and engineering programme the project will work with a range of existing customers and new industrial partners to identify specific applications of this emerging additive manufacturing capability.

This project is an Engineering Doctorate – you will be based at the sponsor premises in Aldershot Hampshire for around 80% of the programme time, returning to the University for meetings and lectures. The project will be supervised by Dr Mark Whiting here at Surrey

This project will commence on the 1st October 2019 and will finish on the 30th September 2023.

Entry requirements

The Centre requires a minimum of a First or Upper Second. A Master’s degree is also acceptable with a minimum of a merit although a Distinction is preferred.

If English is not your first language, you will be required to have an IELTS Academic of 6.5 or above (or equivalent), with no sub-test score below 6.


Full stipend is paid at around £20,000 pa. All fees liability is met separately. See our programme website for programme information

International students are not eligible for this project.

How to apply

Please let the Centre Manager, Noelle Hartley, have an expression of interest by email to The Centre will then liaise directly with you for next steps.

Application enquiries

Noelle Hartley, +44 (0) 1483 683467

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