|Funding for:||UK Students|
|Funding amount:||Fully funded PhD studentship|
|Placed On:||27th March 2023|
|Closes:||3rd May 2023|
Start date: 05 Jun 2023
Duration of award: 4 years
Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship in the area of sustainable manufacturing and materials and more specifically in intelligent sorting to upcycle post-consumer metal scrap, within the Sustainable Manufactruring Systems Centre and in collaboration with Constellium (a global manufacturer of aluminium rolled products, extruded products, and structural parts based on a large variety of advanced alloys).
Constellium is a world leader in the manufacturing of high-quality aluminium products and systems whose history dates from the start of commercial production of aluminium. Constellium produces advanced aluminium alloys using cutting edge process and product technologies and is focused on businesses specializing in rolled products, extrusions and automotive structures utilised across the spectrum of transport, packaging and general engineering applications. Due to the need for weight reduction in modern vehicles, considerable research is underway to develop high strength alloys for use in lightweight extrusion-intensive automotive structures such as Crash Management Systems.
There is an increasing pressure across industries to decarbonize existing and new supply chains while maintaining economic competitiveness. According to current methodology, post-consumer scrap is widely regarded as having no embodied CO2 and as such can be used to reduce the embodied CO2 by substituting primary metal. Available post-consumer scrap, depending on source, is usually a mix of different metals such as steel, cast iron, brass and aluminium.
We are constantly exploring new processes and investing in technology that can enable us to decarbonize our product portfolio. As part of the efforts to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, Constellium has joined the UKRI Transforming the Foundation Industries Research and Innovation Hub (TransFlRe), which is being led by Cranfield University. Considering the extensive expertise built in Cranfield University in the area of Sustainable Manufacturing, the facilities available at their Department of Manufacturing and Materials, and their key role in developing a roadmap for Sustainability Manufacturing and Materials Sector for 2050, Constellium will be looking forward to further collaborating with Cranfield within the framework of an iCASE PhD research Project.
In addition to being based in Cranfield University, where the fundamental research work will be carried out, the student will join a team of researchers from Constellium's University Technology Centre (UTC) at Brunel University. The UTC was opened in April 2016 and has its research and development capability further expanded in June 2018 with by establishing an R&D Centre to transition technology from the laboratory scale to their production facilities around the world enabled by fast-prototyping facilities (casting centre and an industrial scale extrusion press complemented by forming, joining and downstream processing equipment) to make automotive components at an industrial scale. This development has been highly successful in establishing Constellium as the leading supplier of high strength aluminium alloys extrusions and forgings for automotive applications in crash management systems and lightweight applications. More recently, as part of the efforts to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, Constellium has collaborated with a number of companies active in the post-consumer scrap supply chain. Therefore, the student will have the opportunity to be involved in these developments, and we are willing to host the student for further training and development opportunities onsite.
How to apply
For further information please contact:
Name: Dr Lampros Litos
If you are eligible to apply for this research studentship, please complete the online application form.
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