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Additive Manufacture using Directed Energy Deposition of Advanced Metal Alloys

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Thursday, April 30, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Project supervisor: Professor Stephen Newman

Information queries: Prof S Newman ()

Additive manufacturing (AM) has revolutionised how parts are designed and manufactured. However, there are key remaining issues making a barrier for full adoption of AM at industrial scale especially for advanced metal alloys such as ti6Al4v, Inconel and steels such as Stainless and Maraging steels. This project will explore the use of the Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) process for such metals with the creation of new manufacturing process equipment for generating test parts together with analysis of the material properties. The aim is to realise manufacturing of micro WAAM components with an additional potential for remanufacturing or repair of parts.
This new studentship project is commencing at the University of Bath in collaboration with Renishaw Plc. As part of this studentship, you will have access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities at the University of Bath which including existing WAAM facilities, CNC machines, various microscopes including materials characterisation facilities such as3D microscope and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), fatigue testing machines, instrumented indentation, cryogenic cooling and lubrication systems as well as polymer and metal additive manufacturing machines. This project has a good balance between analytical and experimental work during the project’s lifetime.
The Advanced Manufacturing Processes and Systems team has a track record of research in manufacturing systems and is leading research in additive manufacturing, cryogenic machining, tool design and novel solutions for machining processes for metals and composites.

The candidate will join an established community of diverse doctoral researchers and benefit from support from internationally leading academic supervisors and expert industry partner collaboration.

Due to the funding regulations, this position is only available for UK and EU candidates with 3 years UK residency prior to the commencement of the PhD.

Applicants should hold, or expect to receive, an undergraduate Masters first class degree or MSc distinction (or non-UK equivalent). English language entry requirements must be met at the time of application to be considered for funding, see

Formal applications should be made via the University of Bath’s online application form for a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. Please ensure that you state the full project title and lead supervisor name on the application form.

More information about applying for a PhD at Bath may be found here:

Anticipated start date: 28 September 2020 or earlier.

Funding Notes

Funding will cover UK/EU tuition fees, maintenance stipend £18,285 per annum (2020/21 rate) and training support fee of £1,000 per annum for up to 3 years. EU students are eligible to apply if they have been resident in the UK for 3 years prior to the funding commencing.

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FTE Category A staff submitted: 61.00

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