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Additive Manufacturing Process Quality: The Role of the Powder Feedstock


Project Description

Additive Manufacturing (AM) has been maturing at a rapid rate, but uptake by safety critical industries is hampered by missing links between powder properties and final part performance. The relationship between AM process quality, optimization and process success, is thought to be fundamentally linked to the input powder feedstock. This obvious statement belies the complexity inherent in the relationship between the feedstock and the final part. Several novel and simple methodologies to assess powder feedstock quality, have been developed by LPW but the direct link from these measurements to process quality has not been established.
Therefore the aim of this 4-year CDT PhD project, is to quantify the link between the measured powder properties, more standard measures of powder quality and finally the process and produced part. The student will be trained to use a variety of modern techniques such as Selective Laser Sintering, SEM, TEM, XRD etc. to fabricate novel metallic components and characterise their properties.

This is a funded PhD which is part of the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council’s (EPSRC) Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Additive Manufacturing, along with industrial support from LPW. The CDT will provide the successful applicant with a generous scholarship package that includes:
• A tax-free annual stipend of up to £20,000 (subject to agreement)
• A dedicated training programme to enable Researchers to understand the breadth and depth of AM and 3DP technology
• Resources to support training, development, travel and research
• An international travel budget for visits to overseas laboratories and attendance at international conferences

Applicants should have or expect to gain a first class or upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent if from overseas) in any of the following backgrounds: mechanical engineering, material science, physics, or a related discipline, or have an appropriate MSc qualification.

Funding Notes

This is a fully funded PhD which is part of the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Additive Manufacturing, along with industrial support from LPW.

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