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Additive Manufacturing of Advanced Ceramics (2 PhD positions)

Loughborough University - Materials

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Loughborough
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Fully funded
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 14th January 2022
Closes: 23rd January 2022
Reference: MP-BV-2109
 

Entry requirements: 2:1

Full-time: 3 years

OVERVIEW

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF 2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career. Find out more.

PROJECT DETAILS

Advanced ceramics are vital materials for fulfilling the growing demand for higher performance across numerous advanced manufacturing sectors, including: energy, health, aerospace, automotive and defence. You will join Prof. Vaidhyanathan’s Advanced Ceramics Research Group investigating the use, design and additive manufacture (AM) of materials. The two PhD candidates will contribute to the creation of knowledge by carrying out research, data collection and analysis in the field of AM of advanced ceramics and their composites as part of a £18.27Million project funded by the UKRI’s Strength in Places programme. This is a significant and exciting opportunity to join world-leading researchers from Loughborough University in collaboration with Universities of Birmingham, Leicester, Lucideon (a Research and Technology Organisation) and the Midlands Industrial Ceramics Group, MICG. Further information on the programme may be found here.

Making complex-shaped advanced ceramics is often very difficult and the sintering processes used to manufacture them are extremely energy-intensive. The two PhD projects will contribute to solve these critical manufacturing challenges through the adoption of additive manufacturing and the use of energy-efficient field-assisted processing methods to enhance the densification kinetics for ceramics and composites (oxides and/or non-oxides).

Combining research in Advanced Ceramics and Additive Manufacturing presents an opportunity for you to be involved with enabling the state-of-the-art materials processing and make designed components for demanding applications. You will use existing materials formulation, characterisation and processing methodologies as well as develop and assess new bespoke printing and processing techniques capable of fabricating multi-component ceramic/composite materials. You will also be developing new ceramic formulations with new materials provided by project partners that have never been 3D printed before, leading to newer structures and applications. Thus, candidates are expected to demonstrate creativity and should be open minded to collaborative work and innovation.

SUPERVISORS

Primary supervisor: Professor Bala Vaidhyanathan

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Our entry requirements are listed using standard UK undergraduate degree classifications i.e. first-class honours, upper second-class honours and lower second-class honours. To learn the equivalent for your country, please choose it from the drop-down below.

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

We seek highly motivated individuals (2 positions) with ceramic manufacturing skills, knowledge of AM processes and characterisation of 3D-printed materials.

Applicants should have a 1st or 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in Materials Science/Engineering, Ceramics, Materials Chemistry, Manufacturing, or related disciplines. A relevant master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: 3D printing of ceramics, AM processes, making material formulations, rheological characterisation of ceramic suspensions, materials characterisation techniques, colloidal chemistry, functional ceramics, g-code, and CAD.

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

FEES AND FUNDING

UK FEE

Full-time degree per annum Fully funded

INTERNATIONAL FEE

Full-time degree per annum Fully funded

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Fees are reviewed annually and are likely to increase to take into account inflationary pressures.

The studentship is for 3 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £15,609 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK rate. International (including EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will cover the International Tuition Fee Only.

Find out more about research degree funding

HOW TO APPLY

All applications should be made online. Under programme name, select 'Materials'. Please quote the advertised reference number MP-BV-2109 in your application.

To avoid delays in processing your application, please ensure that you submit the minimum supporting documents.

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