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PhD Studentship in In-situ Monitoring for Additive Manufacturing

   Department of Mechanical Engineering

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About the Project

Do you want to be at the forefront of the next industrial revolution? We have an opportunity for you to develop additive manufacturing (AM) technology for real-world engineering applications.

We are inviting applications for a research studentship in the field of In-situ Monitoring for Additive Manufacturing (3D printing), leading to the award of a PhD degree.

AM is changing how products are designed and made, enabling better performing and more efficient products with reduced manufacturing waste, lower cost and shorter lead times. It is a key emerging technology in many sectors, including aerospace, nuclear and medical, and will increasingly provide benefits to the economy, environment, and wider society. This PhD project will focus on developing and validating methods to qualify AM parts for applications with a high consequence of failure. The project will use in-situ monitoring tools to observe the laser/material interaction in the metal laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) build process, analyse large-volumes of collected data and establish to what extent this approach can replace more traditional post-manufacture inspection methods. You will gain hands on experience with the LPBF process, state-of-the-art high-speed and infrared imaging systems, and conventional characterisation/inspection equipment. You will also be applying machine learning and statistical methods to analyse large data sets and make robust decisions about the quality of a printed component. There will be opportunities to travel to and present your work at international conferences and spend time with the sponsoring organisation. Ultimately, you will be seeking to answer the question “can in-situ monitoring technology be used to accelerate the qualification of AM components?”.

You will be an enthusiastic and self-motivated person who meets the academic requirements for enrolment for the PhD degree at Imperial College London. You will have a 1st class or 2.1 honours degree in mechanical engineering, physics or a related subject, and an enquiring and rigorous approach to research together with a strong intellect and disciplined work habits. Practical engineering and problem-solving abilities are key skills for this PhD project. Experience with 3D printing, Python/MATLAB programming and image processing would be advantageous but not essential. Good team-working, observational and communication skills are essential.

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For further details of the post contact Dr Paul Hooper [Email Address Removed]. Interested applicants should send an up-to-date curriculum vitae to Dr Paul Hooper. Suitable candidates will be required to complete an electronic application form for their qualifications to be addressed by College Registry. 

Closing date: 30th April 2022

Funding Notes

The post is supported by a bursary and fees (at the UK student rate) provided by Rolls-Royce plc.
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