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Design of 3D printed metallic structures

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, April 30, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Significant development of additive manufacture in recent years has prompted fast application of such technology in Aeronautical Space Engineering and Mechanical Engineering sectors, whereas its huge potential in Civil Engineering has been poorly realised. To this end, the current project aims at exploring the strength and stability of additively manufactured steel structures under fundamental civil engineering loading cases.

At this early stage of the development of metal 3D printing in Civil Engineering, the applicant is expected to make a significant contribution through the proposed project. The outcome generated will lay a solid foundation and be an important reference in the future in this research field.

A comprehensive experimental testing programme will be carried out at different structural levels to investigate the load carrying capacity of 3D printed steel plates and shells made by different manufacturing routes. Their performance will be assessed and appraised, from which innovative design methodology and computational tools will be developed.

The work will be carried out collaboratively with the Mechanical Engineering department from the University of Bath as well as other institutions, placing a great opportunity for those who are willing to be engaged in cross-discipline collaborations and develop a leadership role in the field of engineering.

Successful applicants will ideally have graduated (or be due to graduate) with an undergraduate Masters first class degree and/or MSc distinction (or overseas equivalent). Any English language requirements must be met at the deadline for applications.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Jie Wang ()

Formal applications should be made via the University of Bath’s online application form for a PhD in Architecture & Civil 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: 30 September 2019

Funding Notes

This project is eligible for inclusion in funding rounds scheduled for end of February 2019, March 2019 and April 2019. A full application must have been submitted before inclusion in a funding round.

Funding will cover Home/EU tuition fees, a maintenance stipend (£14,777 pa (2018/19 rate)) and a training support fee of £1,000 per annum for 3.5 years. Early application is strongly recommended.

How good is research at University of Bath in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 28.38

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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