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4 year Engineering Doctorate (EngD): Advanced manufacturing methods for aerospace actuation systems (sponsored by Collins Aerospace)

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  • Full or part time
    Dr M Marshall
    Dr Pete Crawforth
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round

Project Description

Start date: 1 September 2019
Stipend: £18,000 pa plus tuition fees paid at Home/EU rates

Project details
The Collins Aerospace Actuation Systems business is a global leader in the design, manufacture and support of actuation systems for large commercial, regional, business and military aircraft as well as for helicopters and precision weapons.
Actuation Systems delivers a range of technology options including electric and hydraulic powered actuators and advanced carbon-fibre products for commercial aerospace and defence applications.

In order to facilitate improvements in lightweight design there is an ever increasing motivation to move away from hydraulic actuation systems to electro-mechanical actuators. There is however a gap in the UK manufacturing market surrounding the production, design and manufacture of the critical ball screw elements required in these systems.

This project will develop an understanding of the current technologies used in ball screw manufacturing and generate a knowledge base of the opportunities and limitations facing the manufacturer of ball screws.

More information about Collins Aerospace can be found here:

Funding Notes

Due to EPSRC residency requirements, this project is open only to UK and EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years immediately preceding the start of the course (see How to Apply section).

Candidates must also be able show that their English language proficiency is at a level which allows them to successfully complete the EngD. All applicants require an English language qualification, typically a GCSE or an IELTS test (a score of 7 or above is required, with a minimum of 6 in each component).

How good is research at University of Sheffield in Aeronautical, Mechanical, Chemical and Manufacturing Engineering?
Mechanical engineering and Advanced manufacturing

FTE Category A staff submitted: 44.60

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