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New Digitalisation Processes and Digital Twins for Aerospace Engineering

Project Description

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice to help you succeed in your research, and future career.
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Full Project Detail:

The UK Industrial Strategy has identified digitalisation as a key priority area that will completely transform the future engineering-manufacturing landscape with Industry-4.0 concepts being crucial enablers to this strategy.

The studentship will focus on researching novel Industry-4.0 concepts for future aircraft design and manufacturing processes including digital twins, augmented/virtual reality, deep/machine learning technologies and big data analytics. These technologies are powerful solutions that look set to transform industry productivity across the complete lifecycle by optimising products, their manufacturing processes and future supply chains. Other exciting technologies to be considered include new information solutions such as single source of truth and blockchain technologies to provide improved traceability and certification compliance across the lifecycle. The human factors aspect of digitalisation is another area of great interest as engineering moves towards ever closer to greater use of model-based engineering methods and virtualisation.

The successful candidate will be a high quality, highly motivated student with strong skills in one or more of the following areas programming; AR/VR, Deep/machine learning, human factors, visual analytics, and will work well independently as well as part of a team. There will be freedom and flexibility in shaping the research project within these broad objectives through collaboration with Airbus to understand research context and industry need. The successful candidate will have a superb opportunity to engage with a world-class company and deliver a real-world impact.

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Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours or a relevant Master’s degree (or equivalent) in computer science, systems engineering, Data science, manufacturing, human-computer interaction, or a related engineering subject.

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select ‘Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering’

Please quote reference number: 2RSK2019

Funding Notes

This studentship is partially funded by the school and partially funded by Airbus. If awarded, each 3-year studentship will provide tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and a tax-free stipend at the UK Research and Innovation rate. Students will be required to register for a 1st July or 1st October 2019 start. The UKRI stipend value for 2019/20 has not yet been announced but the value for 2018/19 was £14,777. International fee status candidate may apply; however, the total value of the studentship will be used towards the cost of the International tuition fee. International candidates will need to financially support living expenses or obtain alternative funding to cover living costs in the UK. Details of support funding should be clearly explained in the application.

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