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Structures for Optimal Cooling in Additive Manufactured Injection Moulds (SOCAMIM)


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About the Project

CUA Bursary 2020/2021

Project title: Structures for Optimal Cooling in Additive Manufactured Injection Moulds (SOCAMIM)
Principal investigator: Dr. Gerard McGranaghan, ITSligo
Collaborating Partners: Dr Denis O’Mahony, GMIT, Dr John Lohan, GMIT, Mr Bernard Murray, AbbVie Sligo

Description
In injection moulding, reduced cycle times promote energy efficiency and economy. While cooling of the injected component can shorten cycle times, uneven cooling rates can lead to residual stresses and poor dimensional stability. Using metal additive manufacturing methods, cooling channels of any form can be incorporated within the moulds during manufacture, thus “conforming” to the mould cavity, improving part cooling and product quality. This project seeks to investigate novel cooling mechanisms for use within such moulds; (i) impinging jet arrays which provide high and even/uniform cooling capacity; (ii) PMS cellular type structures which permit circulation of coolant while retaining internal structural strength. The benefits include shorter cycle times, lighter moulds, efficient material utilisation, improved part quality, reduced overall energy demand and lower costs. The project will comprise modelling, experimental and industrial aspects. The candidate is expected to spend planned periods of the research in ITSligo and GMIT.

Candidate Profile
Motivated candidates with relevant experience in computer modelling (fluids or mechanical stress or both) thermal management, materials and additive manufacture should apply. Candidates should have a 1st Class honours degree (essential) and/or a M.Sc. (desirable) in Mechanical, Manufacturing, Chemical, Materials Engineering Science or similar related disciplines. Candidates with a 2;1 degree and with relevant experience in the above fields will also be considered.

FUNDING SOURCE: CUA Bursary 2020 with a maintenance grant of €13,000 p.a. and up to €4,000 p.a. for expenses as approved. Tuition fees (currently €819 p.a.) will be paid by the Institute for all holders of student bursaries. Students are required to pay their registration fee. The registration fee for 2018-2019 is €3,000 p.a.

DURATION: Funding will be initially for a maximum of 2 years full time Master’s registration. This research has potential to transition into a PhD up to a maximum of 4 years.

To Apply
Please send by email to Dr Gerard McGranaghan, () and CC Veronica Cawley
With
1) A detailed cover letter
2) A full curriculum vitae
3) Academic transcripts for each year of study
4) Contact details of two academic referees

Applicants whose first language is not English must submit the original certificate of completion of an English test.

Please insert the subject line ‘IT Sligo CUA Bursary 2020’ with your electronic correspondence.

Closing Date for Applications: 17:00 local time, 21st of September 2020


Funding Notes

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