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Development hot edge detection system for live evaluation of shape of large forged components

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

Project Description

Are you looking to gain direct industrial experience whilst developing your specialist research area of interest?

The AFRC Tier 1 industrial partners supporting this project are Boeing, Rolls Royce, Timet, Aubert & Duval, Bifrangi, Baker Hughes GE and Spirit Aerospace. They represent a variety of industries and specialisms across relevant sectors for UK and Scotland (aerospace, oil & gas, automotive, energy).

Forging can create components that are stronger than those manufactured by any other metalworking processes. These components are used in applications where reliability and safety are critical. However, the manufacturing of high-integrity parts for critical applications brings important challenges. Currently, the research activities/tests, developed at lab scale are not representative of industrial processes. This introduces important challenges to companies for the development and adoption of new components/materials/processes.

One of the main aims of this industry doctorate is to bridge this gap, in good alignment with the AFRC FutureForge programme (£16.5 million project), bringing the largest piece of equipment (2000T hydraulic press) and state of the art forging facility to Scotland. This programme will bring unique capabilities to AFRC, allowing to conduct forging trials and manufacturing of prototypes at representative industrial scale.

This doctorate is aligned to FutureForge programme, aimed at providing 3D surface evaluation during live running of the forge. This will provide the AFRC Tier 1 members and Scottish companies with key forging data and allow them to fully exploit this advanced manufacturing platform:

Engage with Scottish manufacturing supply chain and key end-users and sectors (Aerospace, Oil & Gas, Marine, Nuclear, Energy, Automotive);
Enhance the competitiveness of Tier 1 members and Scottish companies by involving them in the creation of the necessary system elements that will provide real time data for large scale forging operations.

Accelerate the development of new Digital Industry 4 capabilities in Forging and increase the competitiveness of Scottish industry.

Funding Notes

Applications are welcome from all who possess or are about to obtain a first class or 2.1 BEng (Hons), MEng or MSc degree, or equivalent EU/International qualification, in a relevant discipline.

Applications from Home, Rest of UK and EU students will receive funding of the home fee and stipend.

International Students are welcome to apply but should be aware of the additional funding requirements and will have to provide evidence that they can pay the difference in fees of circa £16k per annum.

Please email Dr Dorothy Evans at , with the project title and attach your most up-to-date cv.

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