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Finite element (FE) modelling of the additive manufacture (3D printing) of metals

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Applications are invited for a fully-funded PhD studentship starting in September 2019. It is suitable for well-qualified students who have (or expect to obtain) a first class degree in engineering, physics or other relevant subject.

Our research relates to fundamental process understanding and control in the additive manufacture of metals, including directed-energy deposition and powder-bed techniques. Multiphysics finite element (FE) modelling, validated by experiments, is enabling us to understand the complex interactions between laser, metal powder and inert gas in the laser powder bed fusion (PBF) process. The aim of this project is to extend the scope of our models to provide further insight for process planning, the production of metal vapour and spatter, and variations in laser absorption in to the powder bed. The project will be supervised by Prof. Andrew Moore (www.optical-diagnostics.hw.ac.uk) and will involve close collaboration with Renishaw, the only UK manufacturer of metal powder bed additive layer manufacturing equipment.

Self-motivated individuals with a strong work ethic are encouraged to apply. Some experience of multiphysics FE modelling applied to thermal processes is desirable, as is knowledge of Matlab or Python.

To apply please email your detailed CV and the names and addresses of two academic referees to

Funding Notes

For UK or EU applicants, the studentship will cover tuition fees as well as an annual tax-free stipend of at least £ £14,777. Information on studentships, including eligibility criteria and residency requirements, is available on the EPSRC website.

Scholarship funding may be available for exceptional applicants who do not meet the EPSRC eligibility criteria.

References

References:
P. Bidare, I. Bitharas, R.M. Ward, M.M. Attallah and A.J. Moore,
“Fluid and particle dynamics in laser powder bed fusion“,
Acta Materialia 142 107-120 (2018)
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actamat.2017.09.051

P. Bidare, I. Bitharas, R.M. Ward, M.M. Attallah and A.J. Moore,
“Laser powder bed fusion in high-pressure atmospheres”,
International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology 1-13 (2018)
https://doi.org/10.1007/s00170-018-2495-7

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