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  Process Optimization for Additive Manufacturing, – PhD (Funded) in Engineering, Manufacturing Ref: 5066

   College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences

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  Dr Jingchao Jiang, Prof Voicu Ion Sucala  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Project Description

Additive Manufacturing (AM), commonly known as 3D printing, has emerged as a transformative technology with the potential to revolutionize various industries by enabling the fabrication of complex and customized structures. This Ph.D. project aims to develop a new additive manufacturing technique for specific new materials. New 3D Printing machine will be designed and developed. Advanced strategies will also be investigated for optimizing the additive manufacturing process across multiple dimensions, including material selection, process parameters, and print path algorithms. The research will start by systematically characterizing some new materials suitable for additive manufacturing, considering factors such as thermal stability, mechanical properties, and manufacturability. Simulations will be carried out for designing the suitable 3D printer structures. Subsequently, a comprehensive study of process parameters, including temperature, printing speed, print paths and heat distribution, will be conducted to identify optimal conditions for specific materials.


The overarching goal of this Ph.D. project is to pioneer a transformative additive manufacturing technique tailored for specific new materials, with a concurrent focus on the design and development of an innovative 3D printing machine. This research aims to push the boundaries of additive manufacturing capabilities by optimizing the process across various dimensions, encompassing material selection, process parameters, and print path algorithms.

Key Components of the Project:

1. New Material Characterization:

The project initiates with a meticulous characterization of newly identified materials suitable for additive manufacturing. This involves a systematic analysis of thermal stability, mechanical properties, and manufacturability. The objective is to create a comprehensive understanding of the materials' behavior and potential applications within the additive manufacturing context.

2. 3D Printer Design and Development:

A critical aspect of the project involves the design and development of a new 3D printing machine specifically tailored for the identified new materials. Computational simulations will be employed to optimize the structural aspects of the 3D printer, ensuring compatibility with the targeted materials and overall efficiency in the additive manufacturing process.

3. Process Optimization:

Advanced strategies will be investigated to optimize the additive manufacturing process. This encompasses a thorough exploration of process parameters, including temperature control, printing speed, print paths, and heat distribution. The aim is to identify and establish optimal conditions for the fabrication of high-quality components with the newly selected materials.

4. Simulation and Modeling:

Computational simulations will play a crucial role in the project, aiding in the design of both the 3D printer structures and the optimization of process parameters. By leveraging simulation tools, the research team aims to predict and analyze the behavior of materials under varying conditions, facilitating informed decision-making in the development and refinement of the additive manufacturing process.

Expected Outcomes:

1. The development of a novel additive manufacturing technique tailored for specific new materials.

2. The design and realization of a state-of-the-art 3D printing machine optimized for the targeted materials.

3. Advanced strategies and insights into process optimization for additive manufacturing, contributing to the broader field of 3D printing technologies.

Computer Science (8) Engineering (12) Materials Science (24)

Funding Notes

For eligible students the studentship will cover Home or International tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £18,622 for 4 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study. International applicants need to be aware that you will have to cover the cost of your student visa, healthcare surcharge and other costs of moving to the UK to do a PhD.

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