|Funding for:||EU Students, International Students, Self-funded Students, UK Students|
|Funding amount:||Up to £15,609|
|Placed On:||14th January 2022|
|Closes:||28th February 2022|
The Centre for Additive Layer Manufacturing (CALM) at the University of Exeter in partnership with Victrex is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to commence in February 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. For eligible students, the studentship will cover UK tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £ 15,692 for 3.5 years full-time study. The student will be based in the Centre for Additive Layer Manufacturing (CALM) in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the Streatham Campus in Exeter but will involve visits, meetings and time spent at Victrex, as required by the project.
Victrex is an innovative world-leading UK-based manufacturer of high-performance polyaryletherketone (PAEK) based polymeric materials, forms and components. Our central business activity is the creation of sustainable innovation in advanced integrated materials systems and the adoption of these solutions across a range of markets. Key to the accelerated adoption of these technologies is driving an understanding of the science behind these materials systems and transferring that understanding, and the skills developed therefrom, into industrial supply chains.
Victrex is heavily involved in the delivery of PAEK products (from medical devices to pipes and gears manufacturing), with 2021 revenues of £308m, 800 employees and 11 subsidiaries serving more than 40 countries.
The studentship is part of the large industrial partnership between CALM and Victrex focused on delivery of the next generation of Poly Aryl Ether Ketone (PAEK) grades for Additive Manufacturing. Therefore, it will take advantage of the project developments so far in terms of knowledge in crystallisation kinetics and models for AM. It will also have access to the state-of-the-art equipment for testing, manufacturing and analysis.
The project is looking to understand the crystallisation kinetics of new developmental PAEK grades and blends in relation to various additive manufacturing processes. Dynamic and isothermal crystallisation models, kinetic parameters will be statistically modelled and correlations developed to allow prediction of behaviour and performance of new PAEK grades and reduce the need for experimental testing in process. As many of the AM processes are a combination of dynamic and isothermal events, the PhD will also attempt to develop new, bespoke models replicating the unique temperature profile of the AM processes.
Applicants for this studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of science or technology.
If English is not your first language you will need to have achieved at least 6.0 IELTS and no less than 6.0 in any section by the start of the project.
Alternative tests may be acceptable (see http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/english/).
This award provides annual funding to cover UK tuition fees and a tax-free stipend of £15,609 per year. Non-UK students who pay international tuition fees should note that the award will only provide payment for part of the international tuition fee and no stipend. They are eligible to apply if able to provide the rest of the international tuition fee and the stipend. The studentship will be awarded on the basis of merit for 3.5 years of full-time study to commence in February 2022.
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