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PhD in X-ray Imaging for High-Volume Manufacturing

University of Warwick

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Coventry
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £15,285 per annum, for 3.5 years
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 15th October 2021
Closes: 7th February 2022

Project Description

X-ray imaging (X-ray computed tomography, XCT) is used across manufacturing such as aerospace and automotive to identify defects in industrial components and measurement. The technique can provide rich information on internal geometries that are otherwise inaccessible which is its greatest allure, particularly with additive manufacture. But the scanning process can take 30 minutes to a number of hours depending on the part meaning it is only suitable for high-value low-volume applications.

The only way to increase acquisition speed is to acquire less data – does this necessarily mean lower accuracy and repeatability of dimensional measurement? If so, the result could be catastrophic such as missing a critical flaw in a battery cell! This could be overcome with careful use of novel image reconstruction that can exploit low quality x-ray projections. Quantifying these impacts will be crucial to driving a step change in the use of XCT, for use in high-volume manufacturing.

The studentship is based in the CiMAT group at WMG, University of Warwick. The team is interdisciplinary with a focus on measurement applied to a number of fields; from aerospace and energy, to forensics and museums. During your studies you will also be supervised by global imaging company Zeiss Microscopy to help accelerate adoption of techniques developed in the PhD.

This PhD will be a blend of experimental and computational. Largely you will work with established software packages and toolkits which you will receive training, but candidates are expected to demonstrate an interest in coding and experience in MATLAB, Python or similar.

Dr Jay Warnett and Professor Mark Williams

ESSENTIAL AND DESIRABLE CRITERIA

The project is suitable for physics, computer science, engineering, or mathematics graduates with strong computational skills.

Applicants should have a have a minimum 2.1 undergraduate (BEng, MEng, BSc) and/or postgraduate masters’ qualification (MSc) with 65% or above in a relevant science and technology field: computer science, engineering, physics or mathematics.

Funding Source - Warwick Impact Fund, Zeiss Microscopy

Duration – 3.5 years

Stipend - Standard Research Council Maintenance Award: £15,285

Sponsor – Zeiss Microscopy

Background - The project is suitable for physics, computer science, engineering, or mathematics graduates with strong computational skills.

https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/wmg/education/researchdegrees/vacancies/phd-in-x-ray-imaging-for-high-volume-manufacturing/

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