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PhD Studentship: Additive manufacturing (3D printing) of high temperature ceramic material

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Project Description

Application details:
Reference number: ESDC2019
Start date of studentship: 1 October 2019
Closing date of advert: 19 August 2019

Primary supervisor: Dr Ehsan Sabet
Secondary supervisor: Dr Daniel Engstrom

This project offers a chance to work on a truly disruptive and innovative research project in the high-tech and high-value manufacturing, with very high potential impact in aerospace and energy sectors. This project runs under a consortium between Loughborough University and a British innovative industrial partner, Photocentric Ltd.

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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Industrial partner of this project, Photocentric Ltd, is a patent holder in visible light curing technologies, specialising in photopolymerisation and inventors of LCD based 3D printing. Photocentric is an award-winning specialist 3D resin and LCD printer manufacturer based in Cambridgeshire, UK and Arizona, USA.

Full Project Detail

High temperature ceramics have been long used in aerospace, civil turbines, high-temperature furnaces, thermocouples, and many other applications. Ceramics are difficult to form, and extremely hard and fragile to machine after sintering, and as such the feasible geometries had been conventionally limited to paste injections processes. Besides such constraints, the ceramic injection needs expensive moulds/dies and are limited in size, complexity and the choice of powder mix.

However, stereolithography and resin-based additive manufacturing has recently opened an ever-exciting opportunity to produce complex geometries and wide range of ceramic mixes. Such capability, if fully exploited, can offer ceramic replacement for many parts that are currently made of high-temperature metal materials for in high temperature applications. This research aims to develop a daylight screen-based AM process to print complex ceramic parts. High zirconia, alumina, and silicon carbide ceramic mixes will be aimed for this research, and the study will focus on the full manufacturing cycle, including right powder and resin mix/combinations, pre-printing and mixing processes, printing parameters, post-printing and sintering methods and final trimming and treatments.

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Please contact Dr Ehsan Sabet for further information.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in material science, ceramics, chemistry, natural science, mechanical engineering or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage but not essential: Additive manufacturing, 3D printing, ceramic materials processing.

Contact details:
Name: Dr Ehsan Sabet
Email address: [Email Address Removed]

How to apply

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

Please quote reference number: ESDC2019

Funding Notes

This studentship is partially funded by the school and partially funded by Photocentric Ltd. If awarded, each 3-year studentship will provide a tax-free stipend of £15,009 p/a, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £4,327 p/a). While we welcome applications from non-EU nationals, please be advised that it will only be possible to fund the tuition fees at the International rate and no stipend will be available.

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