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Smart Grasping of Challenging to Handle Materials (SAM24)

Project Description

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.

Find out more: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/supporting-you/research/

Project detail

This project has the chance to change lives by improving manufacturing processes and the way we manufacture. Collaborative robots are increasing in manufacturing but in order to work with them we need to develop more advanced handling methodologies and technology. This studentship will have the opportunity to focus on the research and development of flexible adaptable handling within a number of environments: construction, aerospace, automotive, and space.

The studentship has the opportunity to work within the Intelligent Automation Centre (IAC) (www.intelligent-automation.org.uk) which is a Multidisciplinary Centre for Advanced Robotics and Digital Automation. The work will build upon world leading research in Electrostatic Adhesion and Soft Robotics, for which manufacturing processes and testing environments have been established at IAC. The fundamental modelling and control investigation will be underpinned with the development of prototype, proof of concept experimental validation.

For the construction application, IAC has partnered with the 3D concrete printing group (3D Concrete printing ) who were the first to produce large-scale reinforced parts and double-curved panels, in addition to the seminal materials research in the area. There is a chance to work with world-leading experts from both.

Find out more: http://www.intelligent-automation.org.uk

Start date of studentship: 01 October 2020.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical/Manufacturing/Electrical Engineering/ Automation, applied Mathematics or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Mechanical, Robotics/Computer Science or Control Engineering.

How to apply

All applications should be made online at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/. Under programme name, select Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Please quote reference number: SAM24

Funding Notes

Applicants who apply for this project will be considered on a competitive basis in March 2020 against candidates shortlisted for this and other projects with the advert reference beginning ‘SAM’. Early submission is advised, and a complete application must be received before the advert’s closing date.

If successful, candidates will be awarded a 3-year school studentship providing a tax-free stipend and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £15,009 and £4,327, respectively, in 2019-20 which are likely to rise by 2020/21). Non-EU-nationals may apply but the studentship will cover the cost of the international tuition fee only.

Successful candidates will be notified by 26 March 2020.

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