iTCDT 4 year PhD - Friction and wear of Additive Manufactured (3D Printed) parts
4-Year Fully Funded PhD Studentship in the iT-CDT at The University of Sheffield.
About the Project:
This project brings together existing expertise in Additive Manufacturing (AM) and Tribology, in order to carry out the first ever comprehensive study of the friction and wear behaviour of parts produced by polymer Additive Manufacturing (AM) techniques.
In recent years, powdered-polymer AM techniques have become increasingly interesting to industry; an increasing emphasis on light-weighting, combined with developments in our understanding of the behaviour of the systems and materials themselves, has led to a recognition of their importance as future technologies. Here in Sheffield we don’t want to stop there.
We believe these techniques can be used in a far broader range of applications than those currently seen, but that in order for this to happen we must develop a deeper understanding of their behaviour under real-life conditions. In particular, while these processes can be used to produce complex moving assemblies, we have little knowledge of their long-term performance in this type of application.
The friction and wear properties of these parts will undoubtedly be different from those of their more traditional counterparts, and may even provide superior properties in some cases. Understanding the behaviour of AM parts when in contact with other materials or surfaces will therefore be crucial to their acceptance and success.
iT-CDT is a training and research centre for PhD Students. Working in collaboration with the University of Leeds, the Centre recruits a cohort of 12 students per year working along side world leading academics and industrial partners.
Tribology is all about friction, wear and lubrication and is the science behind how things move over each other. The iT-CDT provides students with advanced science and technology training designed to provide relevant tribology fundamentals to students with engineering and physical sciences background, a bespoke professional and personal development programme, to equip students with transferable skills required for careers in both academia and industry and industry exposure through placements/projects with industrial partners.
Applications are invited from candidates with or expecting a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1), and/or a Master's degree in mechanical engineering, materials science, physics, applied mathematics or other relevant disciplines.
Applicants should be available to start 24th September and will receive a starting enhanced stipend of £16,264.00 for academic year 2018/19.
Please note that funding can only be secured for home rated students (UK or EU students with 3 or more years residency).