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Nanocomposites for Additive Manufacturing, Material Science and Engineering – PhD (Funded)

Project Description

Multifunctionality in manufactured parts is becoming a key requirement sought after by many industries. The project is looking to develop new bespoke lightweight multifunctional powder materials that can be 3D printed using powder bed fusion technology. The programme of work is combining nano-particles of different properties and aspect ratios with polymeric powders already established in the AM industry (e.g. PA12, PA11, PAEK). This study is looking to find new and cost effective methods of fabrication of nanocomposite powders. Existing concepts created in the Centre for ALM will be explored further and new ideas will be developed. In addition, optimisation of the new nanocomposite powders, investigation of properties of laser sintered nanocomposites parts, and nano-safety of nanocomposite powders across the entire process chain will be considered.

This award provides annual funding to cover UK/EU tuition fees and a tax-free stipend. For students who pay UK/EU tuition fees the award will cover the tuition fees in full, plus £15,009 per year tax-free stipend. Students who pay international tuition fees are eligible to apply, but should note that the award will only provide payment for part of the international tuition fee and no stipend.

The studentship will be awarded on the basis of merit for 3.5 years of full-time study to commence in April 2020.

Funding Notes

For eligible students, the studentship will cover UK/EU tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £15,009 for 3.5 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study. The student would be based in the Centre for Additive Layer Manufacturing (CALM) in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the Streatham Campus in Exeter but will involve visits, meetings and time spent at MTC, Coventry, as required by the project.

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