Silicon carbide is of great importance as a structural ceramic as it is amongst the hardest materials known. Machining silicon carbide parts into the required shape and form for a given application is extremely difficult, yielding unwanted defects. This issue is further exacerbated when manufacturing small scaled components such as in IC components and MEMS devices.
Thorough understanding of the machining process in the micro-scale becomes important in determining machining induced residual stress in the component and its effect on fatigue life.
In this project, we plan to conduct extensive small-scaled experimental studies in micro-scratching and micro-milling in single crystal silicon carbide. This will be followed by modelling the machining process using advanced numerical codes in a parallel computing framework – with the ultimate goal of obtaining an accurate and efficient computational framework that can be used to optimise the machining process in these materials.
Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering or a related subject.
A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Continuum Mechanics, Materials Science
How to apply
All applications should be made online. Under programme name select Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Please quote reference number: ARUF2518
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