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Parameterisation of Alloys Manufacturing: Lessons Learnt from Traditional Methods to Inform Automated Advanced Manufacturing (SAM13)

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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Project detail

New manufacturing processes such as 3D-Printing present a great potential due to its flexibility to create complex multifunctional geometries and to control porous structures at the macro-microscale. There is however much ground still to cover with regards to the materials that can be used. In particular, the palette of metals and alloys is very limited at present and this is a major hurdle for the full deployment of the technology in sectors such as transport (i.e. lightweight structures and batteries) and bioengineering (i.e. implants and medical devices). However, there is a wealth of knowledge derived from traditional methods such as casting and powder metallurgy for sintering that will enable future advancements in the design and manufacturing of alloys. Parameterisation of the underpinning physics behind those traditional methods will assist in taking advanced manufacturing techniques such as 3DP to the next level.

You will join a multidisciplinary team of engineers and materials scientists already working on various aspects of the technologies covered by this research project. Your development as a professional researcher matters and we will support you on that journey.

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Staff team:

Start date of studentship: 01 October 2020.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Materials Science, Mechanical or Chemical Engineering, Chemistry or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Materials Processing, Metallurgy, Characterisation and Analytical Techniques.

How to apply

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

Please quote reference number: SAM13

Funding Notes

Applicants who apply for this project will be considered on a competitive basis in March 2020 against candidates shortlisted for this and other projects with the advert reference beginning ‘SAM’. Early submission is advised, and a complete application must be received before the advert’s closing date.

If successful, candidates will be awarded a 3-year school studentship providing a tax-free stipend and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £15,009 and £4,327, respectively, in 2019-20 which are likely to rise by 2020/21). Non-EU-nationals may apply but the studentship will cover the cost of the international tuition fee only.

Successful candidates will be notified by 26 March 2020.

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