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Design, manufacture and validation of multifunctional materials and structures


   Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

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  Prof P Conway, Dr C Torres-Sanchez  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

80% of the costs of realising a product is in validation of prototypes (physical or cyber). It is often common that the decision to progress from concepts to prototype is taken without a complete set of information, leading to risk and often wasted resources. Wouldn’t it be great to have an “engine” that could guide the design stage, informed by better quality and comprehensive know-how of manufacturing? Would it make sense to carry out cyber-physical validations before committing to a final design? This would lead to right-first time product realisation, with savings in capital investment, and efficiencies in time and minimising waste and resources consumed.

This PhD studentship falls within the EPSRC Programme Grant ‘RIED’ (Re-Imagining Engineering Design), a multi-institute project investigating new concepts for high-value manufacturing.

We are seeking candidates with a profound interest in the design, manufacture and validation of high performing multifunctional products. The candidate will join a multidisciplinary team, including industrial collaborators, who are re-imagining engineering design and manufacturing. This PhD will expose the candidate to a myriad of new techniques and much sought-after skills demanded by industry, including:

  • Design of experiments, data harvesting/analysis and interpretation of results to derive insight.
  • Modelling techniques at the macro scale, that can inform the direction of experimental activity (e.g. finite element simulations and numerical computations)
  • Development of novel processing manufacturing techniques that allow the realisation of new design solutions
  • Physical, mechanical and materials characterisation techniques
  • Management techniques, scaffolded by the ‘Investing in People’ initiative to support professional development of Researchers.

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Funding Notes

Please note that studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and other advertised projects starting with advert reference ‘SAM22'
If awarded, the studentship is for 3 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £15,609 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK rate. While we welcome applications from international students, please be advised that it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the international rate and no stipend will be available. Successful candidates will be notified end of March 2022.
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