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Industrial CASE PhD Studentship – Process fundamentals for 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 EPSRC industrial CASE 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. This studentship is supported by Renishaw, the only UK manufacturer of metal powder bed additive layer manufacturing equipment.

Our research relates to fundamental process understanding and control in the additive manufacture of metals, including directed-energy deposition and powder-bed techniques. This project aims to improve our fundamental understanding of the interaction between the laser and powder bed during the laser powder bed fusion (PBF) process. Building on our existing imaging and modelling experience, it will explore areas such as: the influence of the laser plume on process stability; techniques to reduce heat input and spatter; and new processing regimes. The project will be supervised by Prof. Andrew Moore (www.optical-diagnostics.hw.ac.uk) and will involve close collaboration with Renishaw, including a three month placement with them.

Self-motivated individuals with a strong work ethic are encouraged to apply. Some practical experience of additive manufacturing is desirable, as is knowledge of Matlab, Python or Labview.

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, which could be enhanced for a suitably qualified applicant. Information on industrial CASE studentships, including eligibility criteria and residency requirements, is available on the EPSRC website.

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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