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Sensor driven process control for robotic 3D printing of concrete


Project Description

Concrete 3D printing is an emerging manufacturing process that uses industrial robots to build large-scale components for a range of construction applications. The beauty of the process is that it has the potential to allow bespoke specialist items, such as complex replacement parts that are needed during the renovation of buildings, or high quality architectural parts to be created quickly with minimal investment in conventional tooling such as forms or moulds.

The problem with this promising technology is that the accuracy of the created parts is limited due to the complex interaction between the environment, the physics of the process and materials used. This project will investigate the use of in-process control using sensors and dimensional measurement technology. The aim will be to understand how these technologies can best be applied to the Concrete 3D printing to improve the accuracy and quality of manufactured parts.

Entry requirements part one

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in:
Manufacturing Engineering
Civil Engineering
Mechanical Engineering


Entry requirements part two

All students must also meet the minimum English Language requirements. (Link opens in a new window). A relevant Master's degree and / or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage:
Manufacturing Engineering
Civil Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name, select ‘Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering’. Please quote reference PK3UF2019.

Programme name (to be included on the application form): Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Links to find out more:
https://www.intelligent-automation.org.uk/


Funding Notes

UK/EU Fee band
2018/19: £4,260
2019/20: TBC

International Fee band
2018/19: £20,500
2019/20: £21,100

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