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  Understanding the Behaviour of Additively Manufactured Materials for Biomedical Applications

   Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT)

   Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Metallic Systems (AMSCDT) is a joint venture between Dublin City University, University College Dublin, University of Sheffield, and University of Manchester. AMS CDT aims to develop the next generation of materials professionals who can create, shape, and deliver the national vision for UK and RoI Manufacturing Industry. We will equip you with a versatile and cross-disciplinary skillset to meet the most complex emerging challenges and contribute effectively to a sustainable world-leading manufacturing sector.

Our training programme includes an initial 6-month conversion for graduates from STEM disciplines into materials and metallurgy, followed by a 3.5 year doctoral project combined with a professional skills training programme in years 2, 3 and 4.

The CDT’s research and training activities capitalise on four internationally recognised R&D Universities – The University of Sheffield, The University of Manchester, Dublin City University and University College Dublin. Our facilities include the world-class Henry Royce Institute and Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in the UK, and the I-Form Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in Dublin.

Applicants should have (or expect to obtain by the start date) at least a good 2.1 degree in a Bachelors or Masters in an engineering, science or maths discipline and an IELTS qualification above 7.0.

Project Description: Additive manufacturing (3D printing) is being increasingly employed for part production in both the medical device and aerospace sectors. The I-Form Centre is actively assisting companies in these sectors to address efficiency issues during processing of AM parts. The focus of this project will be the printing of Titanium-based alloy parts using a production scale selective laser melting (SLM) equipment. The research focus will be on understanding the relationship between the mechanical properties and processing conditions of the printed parts with in-situ data obtained using process monitoring. Amongst the analytical techniques, SEM, TEM, CT-scanning, microscopy, optical profilometry, tensile testing and hardness measurements will be performed. The aim is to develop a correlation between the microstructure evolution of the printed parts and the in-situ process data obtained during part printing. The plan is to work closely with other research groups investigating data analytics, to assess if the processing data can be correlated with the materials behaviour of the printed parts. This project will be carried out in close collaboration with an industrial partner.

This PHD project will be hosted in University College Dublin and start in September 2023.

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