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4 Year PhD: Improving Machining Productivity Using Inerters (Sponsors: University of Sheffield AMRC and EPSRC)


Project Description

Start date: 4 September 2017
Stipend: £18,000 pa and fees paid at Home/EU rates

Project description
Novel vibration control is a key technology that enables high productivity in machining, because it can stop undesirable vibrations that can cause poor surface finish and scrap parts. This is particularly relevant to novel machining methodologies such as robotic based machining, where the machine structure is more flexible. Tuned Inerter Dampers (TIDs) are an exciting new approach to vibration control, that have not yet seen application within this machining context.

This project will develop a tuned inerter damper that is suitable for use in machining applications. This could involve both theoretical and practical avenues of research. From a theoretical perspective, the classical work concerning ’vibration absorbers’ , or ’tuned mass dampers’ could be extended to investigate the combination of machining vibrations and inerters. This would be a novel and fruitful area of research. Meanwhile from a practical perspective there are significant design, modelling, and optimisation challenges in the development of inerters that are suitable for a machining environment.

This is a 4 year PhD studentship funded by the Department of Mechanical Engineering and EPSRC. The successful candidate will join a cohort of PhD and EngD students in the IDC in Machining Science following a semi-structured programme combining technical and professional training with research. Approximately 75% of the time will be spent on the main University of Sheffield campus, the rest at the AMRC and/or other collaborators.

About the Industrial Doctorate Centre (IDC) in Machining Science
The IDC in Machining Science is an EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training funding doctoral research to improve the machining of metals, alloys and composite materials. Machining Science research is vital to the UK’s continuing dominance and expansion in many areas of High Value Manufacturing (e.g. automotive, aerospace, watchmaking, medical engineering), where there are major challenges in machining complex components from high performance materials. The IDC is a unique collaboration between the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and the Faculty of Engineering.

For general enquiries about the IDC, our 4-year PhDs and EngDs, eligibility etc please contact the Centre Team via

All applications should be submitted online. See the How to Apply section of the IDC website. Please follow the instructions carefully, and ensure that you specify which project you are applying for. Your supporting statement should include why you are interested in the project theme, and why you are a good candidate for the project.

Funding Notes

Applicants must have, or expect to get, a 1st or good 2:1 degree (or Masters with Merit) in a relevant science or engineering subject such as mechanical engineering, materials science or physics.

Due to EPSRC residency requirements, this project is open only to UK and EU applicants who have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years immediately preceding the start of the course.

All applicants require an English language qualification, typically a GCSE or an IELTS test (a score of 7 or above is required, with a minimum of 6 in each component).

How good is research at University of Sheffield in Aeronautical, Mechanical, Chemical and Manufacturing Engineering?
Mechanical engineering and Advanced manufacturing

FTE Category A staff submitted: 44.60

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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