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In-Process Adaptive NDT for Fast & Flexible High Value Manufacturing (HVM)

  • 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 research studentship in the field of development of advanced non-destructive evaluation (NDE) techniques leading to the award of an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) degree.
PEAK NDT are an award-winning high-end technology company specialising in the development and manufacture of multichannel phased array ultrasound controllers for use in the Non-Destructive Testing industries. This Engineering Doctorate (EngD - Industrial PhD) will focus on improving the flexibility, accuracy and speed of challenging in-process High Value Manufacturing robotic inspection operations for aerospace, nuclear and oil & gas industrial applications. Specifically, the EngD will investigate multi-channel ultrasonic low-level interface control, signal processing, process control and dynamic adaption of robot deployment to maximise real-time in-process inspection volume and sensitivity.

The project will focus on three key challenging industrial market applications of in-process arc welding and metal additive 3D printing manufacturing (Wire-Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM)) operations along with large-scale carbon fibre aerostructure inspection.

The student will work at the University of Strathclyde with frequent trips to Peak NDT. The student will work alongside researchers and engineers developing enhanced manufacturing inspection and will have the opportunity to influence future High Value Manufacturing operations.

The studentship is offered through the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Innovation in NDE (FIND CDT) which is a partnership between a select group of universities and companies offering a 4-year Engineering doctorate designed to launch outstanding graduates into an engineering career. With close links to the related UK Research Centre in NDE, students are part of a vibrant community of more than 200 researchers and have access to a range of technical training courses delivered by world leading experts.

The post is supported by a bursary and fees (at the UK/EU student rate) provided by EPSRC, together with a generous top up by the sponsor company, Peak NDT.

Candidate Requirements
Applicants must hold a minimum of an upper 2nd class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering, Physics or a related subject.

Basic skills and knowledge required.
An enquiring and rigorous approach to research together with a strong intellect and disciplined work habits. Good team-working, observational and communication skills are essential.

Informal enquiries
For further details, please contact Dr Charles Macleod, or

Application Details
Prior to application Interested applicants should send an up-to-date CV to .

Suitable candidates will be required to complete an electronic application form from Strathclyde University for their qualifications to be assessed.

All applications are considered on an individual basis. The position will stay open until filled.


Funding Notes

Scholarship covers full UK/EU (EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for 3 years prior to application) PhD tuition fees and a tax-free stipend of a minimum £18,000 subject to contracts and eligibility criteria.

Candidates can check the eligibility criteria for the award at View Website

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