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Enhancing the material performance of medical devices fabricated using Additive Manufacturing

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Dr D Dowling No more applications being accepted Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Additive manufacturing (3D printing) is being increasingly being employed for product applications in both the medical device and aerospace sectors. The I-Form Centre is actively assisting companies in these sectors to address processing efficiency issues during printed part manufacture. The focus of this project will be the printing of TiAl6V4 alloy parts using a production scale selective laser melting (SLM) technique. The research focus will be on correlating the mechanical and material properties of the printed alloy, with data obtained using in-situ process monitoring. Amongst the analytical techniques used will be SEM, TEM, CT scanning, microscopy, optical profilometry, tensile testing and hardness measurements. The aim is to develop a correlation between the microstructure of the printed parts and the in-situ process data obtained from the meltpool, during part printing. The plan is to work closely with other research groups working on data analytics, to help evaluate if the processing data obtained from the meltpool, can be correlated with the material and mechanical properties of the printed parts. This project will be carried out in close collaboration with industrial partner (details to be confirmed).

The EPSRC & SFI Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Metallic Systems (AMSCDT) offers something different. This programme will give you the opportunity to gain a PhD which reflects real-world challenges, with international travel and state-of-the-art training in the manufacture of metallic materials, as well as the professional skills that will help you fast-track your career.
Join a cohort of 19 students from a variety of science and engineering disciplines to undertake a world-leading combination of training activities and doctoral research, working across four world-leading partner universities in the AMSCDT: University College Dublin, Dublin City University, University of Sheffield and University of Manchester.

This position will be based at University College Dublin.
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