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PhD Studentship in Low Energy Casting: Novel induction technologies for energy efficient rapid melting

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  • Full or part time
    Dr K Georgarakis
    Prof M Jolly
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Reference number: SATM0085

An exciting opportunity for a full-time PhD scholarship (fully funded) in Low Energy and Advanced Casting is now available at the Sustainable Manufacturing Systems Centre of Cranfield University. The PhD project is sponsored by EPSRC.

We are looking for an exceptional candidate with background in materials, metallurgy, manufacturing, engineering, physics or similar. The successful candidate will receive a bursary of up to £19,000 (tax free), tuition fees for three years and access to office and laboratory space.

Energy efficiency and sustainability in manufacturing processes is an important part of the strategies for facing the global challenges imposed by the climate change. Metal casting is traditionally an energy intensive sector with, however, high potential for reducing its environmental footprint. Currently, there is an urgent need for developing energy efficient technologies and practices in the metal casting sector that will allow the reduction of energy consumption and materials waste in foundries.

The project aims to develop new technologies to significantly improve the energy efficiency of metal casting processes for the production of quality castings with high structural integrity using the CRIMSON casting technique. CRIMSON (Constrained Rapid Induction Melting Single Shot Up-casting) is a novel counter gravity casting approach designed for improving the energy efficiency in casting processes and lowering the environmental footprint of foundries. It mainly comprises induction melting of only the precise quantity of metal for a single casting, using high quality raw materials, followed by filling the mould by controlled (turbulence-free) counter gravity flow of molten alloy.

Novel methods of electromagnetic and mechanical confinement of metallic melts will be investigated using CFD simulations and experiments able to control the hydrodynamic behaviour of the liquid metals during rapid induction melting and improve the electromagnetic coupling. The project will primarily focus on Al and ferrous alloys to study benefits in the process energy efficiency as well as the structure and properties of cast materials.

The PhD student will be based at the Sustainable Manufacturing Systems Centre of Cranfield University in Cranfield Campus. The student will have the opportunity to travel within and outside UK for professional meetings, industrial visits and present research findings regularly to scientific conferences and workshops.

For further information please contact:
Name: Dr Konstantinos Georgarakis
Email: [Email Address Removed]
T: (0) 1234 750111 Ext: 50202

Funding Notes

To be eligible for this funding, applicants must be UK or EU nationals. Foreign nationals with “settled status in the UK” (i.e. students with no restrictions regarding how long they can stay and who have been “ordinarily resident” in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of their studies) are also eligible for this funding.

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