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Thermodynamic Measurement and Control For Manufacture of Precision Components (SAM15)

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.

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Project detail

Achieving precise control in the realisation of novel devices made from advanced materials is a manufacturing challenge due to the difficulties in attaining the degrees of accurate control of manufacturing variables to deliver the desired outcomes. However, we do have precise measurement techniques that allow us to analyse such materials. This PhD will look to adapt precision materials properties measurement techniques into precision manufacturing processes, achieving accurate and repeatable realisation of complex materials.

The project will see the candidate become familiar with the thermodynamic properties and measurement techniques used to characterise materials and the adaption of these to a new process control paradigm. Thermodynamic modelling will also be used with experimental work to validate such models and the proposed control methodology. You will join a multidisciplinary team of engineers and materials scientists already working on various aspects of the technologies covered by this research project. Your development as a professional researcher matters and we will support you on that journey.

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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 Materials Science, Mechanical or Materials Engineering, Chemistry or a related subject. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Materials Processing, Characterisation and Analytical Techniques.

How to apply

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select ‘Mechanical, Electrical & Manufacturing Engineering’.

Please quote reference number: SAM15

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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