Advanced metal matrix composite machining for aerospace applications

   Department of Mechanical Engineering

   Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Metal matrix composites are an advanced family of alloys increasingly used in the aerospace industry because of their enhanced mechanical properties and strength/weight ratio. Machining is a key operation to generate the required components using these materials and understanding and prediction of the process is a key factor to optimise the manufacturing and part quality. This project aims to develop an experimental framework to better understand the mechanics of machining in these alloys to enhance the fundamental understanding of the process and develop a predictive model to optimise the machined part qualities. In this context, advanced experimental methods including in-situ mechanical testing and X-Ray tomography will be used together with novel modelling techniques to enable the understanding of the cutting tool-workpiece material interaction. The cutting tool wear mechanisms will also be investigated under a range of machining parameters to enable a robust parameter selection and process optimisation.  

Previous experience / requirements:  Experimental methods, Finite element modelling, computer programming, Manufacturing

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Funding Notes

Please note that this project is only for self funded students.

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