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Development of Advanced Manufacturing Platform for High Integrity Forged Components

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Saturday, August 31, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

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, allowing the Tier 1 members and Scottish companies 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 through the exploitation of high-integrity components.
Bring new business and development of cutting-edge research activities to AFRC.
Accelerate the development of new components, adoption of new materials and manufacturing processes in order to increase the competitiveness of the Scottish industry.Currently, there is big gap between the research activities developed in research centres/universities (low TRL levels), conducting small trials at lab scale and industrial manufacturing processes for manufacturing of real components. A significant disparity in results associated with the scale-effect is found too often. The cost of industrial trials for new materials and components is feasible in many cases. An intermediate solution is clearly needed.

One of the main aims of this industry doctorate is to bridge this gap, in good alignment with the AFRC FutureForge and CORE research programmes:

FutureForge is a highly ambitious programme for AFRC (£16.5 million project), bringing a 2000T hydraulic press and ancillary equipment to the AFRC. Funded by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), Scottish Enterprise and the centre itself using HVM Catapult funding. The FutureForge programme will bring new capacities to AFRC in terms of open die, closed-die and isothermal forging, allowing the centre to conduct forging trials at representative industrial scale;

CORE research programme is a long-term strategic collaborative activities between AFRC and Tier 1 industrial partners (Boeing, Rolls Royce, Timet, Aubert & Duval, Bifrangi, Baker Hughes GE and Spirit Aerospace) which represent a variety of industries across relevant sectors for Scotland (aerospace, oil & gas, automotive, energy). The programme represents a long-term commitment between industrial partners and AFRC to develop strategic collaborative research activities.
This doctorate will clearly represent an exciting close industry-academic collaboration for the development of manufacturing processes of high-integrity components. This proposal is strongly supported by the AFRC Tier 1 industrial partners, showing its strong commitment and involvement.

Funding Notes

International students applying must be able to provide evidence and pay the difference between the UK Home Fee and International Fee


A minimum of 2 references are required.

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