The automotive industry is developing electric cars to reduce emissions. This is creating new engineering challenges, such as creating crash safe battery boxes as part of the car body structure. Car manufacturers are investigating using extrusions and castings in combination with press formed sheet, this new design trend has created a need for new joining solutions. Extrusions and castings have low ductility so are difficult to join using the standard self-pierce riveting method widely employed for joining press formed sheet.
Spinning fasteners at high speed while inserting them overcomes the problem of low ductility. Friction stir fastener insertion technology has been developed and a new type of fastener called a flow drill screws are now widely used to join sheets to extruded box sections. For electric cars there are new joint stacks required that do not have extruded box sections, for example joining sheet to casting. This has created a market need for a new flow drill fastener technology to be developed, this may potentially be achieved by combining self-pierce riveting technology with flow drill screwing technology.
A PhD research project has been created to experiment with different and novel designs of fastener, the aim being to develop a new fastener geometry that can be made into a new fastener product range to meet this new and rapidly growing market demand. The successful candidate will conduct lab testing work to insert fasteners into material stacks and examine the results, therefore the ideal candidate will enjoy practical work, have good practical skills and good report writing skills. CAD design work to develop new fastener designs and FE simulation of fastener insertion is also likely to be undertaken.
The Candidate • A relevant connection with the UK, usually established by residence - Standard studentship rates (covering maintenance and Home/EU fees). • An upper second class honours degree, or a combination of qualifications and/or experience equivalent to that level - The successful candidates for this position must hold a good relevant undergraduate or MSc degree (Civil/Structural/Mechanical Engineering, Computational Mechanics, Materials Science).
The successful candidate must start on the 28th of September 2020