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Crystallisation kinetics of new PolyArylEtherKetones (PAEKs) in Additive Manufacturing. PhD in Engineering


   College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences

  ,  Monday, December 12, 2022  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Location:  Streatham Campus, University of Exeter, Exeter, Devon.

The student will be based in the Centre for Additive Layer Manufacturing (CALM) (https://emps.exeter.ac.uk/engineering/research/etg/centres/calm/) in the Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy at the Streatham Campus in Exeter but will involve visits, meetings and time spent at Victrex, as required by the project. Victrex is an innovative world-leading UK-based manufacturer of high-performance polyaryletherketone (PAEK) based polymeric materials, forms and components.

Victrex’s central business activity is the creation of sustainable innovation in advanced integrated materials systems and the adoption of these solutions across a range of markets. Key to the accelerated adoption of these technologies is driving an understanding of the science behind these materials systems and transferring that understanding, and the skills developed therefrom, into industrial supply chains.

Victrex is heavily involved in the delivery of PAEK products (from medical devices to aero, pipes and gears manufacturing), with 2021 revenues of £308m, 800 employees and 11 subsidiaries serving more than 40 countries.

Project description:

The studentship is part of the large industrial partnership between CALM and Victrex focused on delivery of the next generation of Poly Aryl Ether Ketone (PAEK) grades for Additive Manufacturing. Therefore, it will take advantage of the project developments so far in terms of knowledge in crystallisation kinetics and models for AM. It will also have access to the state-of-the-art equipment for testing, manufacturing and analysis.

The project is looking to understand the crystallisation kinetics of new developmental PAEK grades and blends in relation to various additive manufacturing processes. Dynamic and isothermal crystallisation models, kinetic parameters will be statistically modelled and correlations developed to allow prediction of behaviour and performance of new PAEK grades and reduce the need for experimental testing in process. As many of the AM processes are a combination of dynamic and isothermal events, the PhD will also attempt to develop new, bespoke models replicating the unique temperature profile of the AM processes. 

https://emps.exeter.ac.uk/engineering/research/etg/centres/calm/

For eligible students, the studentship will cover UK tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £17,668 for 3.5 years full-time study. Non-UK students who pay international tuition fees should note that the award will only provide payment for part of the international tuition fee and no stipend. They are eligible to apply if able to provide the rest of the international tuition fee and the stipend.

Entry requirements

Applicants for this studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of science or technology.  

If English is not your first language you will need to have achieved at least 6.0 IELTS and no less than 6.0 in any section by the start of the project. 

Alternative tests may be acceptable (see http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/english/). 

How to apply

In the application process you will be asked to upload several documents.  

  • CV
  • Letter of application (outlining your academic interests, prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake the project).
  • Transcript(s) giving full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained (this should be an interim transcript if you are still studying)
  • Two references from referees familiar with your academic work. If your referees prefer, they can email the reference direct to  quoting the studentship reference number. 4413
  • If you are a non-UK applicant you will need to submit evidence of your proficiency in English

The closing date for applications is Monday 12th December 2022.

Interviews to take place w/c 12th December 2022

Start date Monday 9th January 2023

For further information and to submit an application please visit - https://www.exeter.ac.uk/study/funding/award/?id=4413


Funding Notes

This award provides annual funding to cover UK tuition fees and a tax-free stipend of £17,668 per year. Non-UK students who pay international tuition fees should note that the award will only provide payment for part of the international tuition fee and no stipend. They are eligible to apply if able to provide the rest of the international tuition fee and the stipend.
The studentship will be awarded on the basis of merit for 3.5 years of full-time study to commence as soon as possible but negotiable.

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