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4 year Engineering Doctorate (EngD) - Developing novel and flexible gear machining methodologies (Sponsor: UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS))

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Project Description

Start date: 1st September 2016
Stipend: £18,000 per year plus fees paid at UK/EU rates.

The EngD student will work closely with the sponsor UTAS to contribute to the development of more flexible process chains for the manufacture of aerospace gears. Research will mainly take place at the University of Sheffield’s state-of-the-art Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park at Catcliffe, near Sheffield, with frequent working visits to the UTAS facility headquarters in Wolverhampton.

UTAS-APS is investigating the development of more flexible process chains for the manufacture of aerospace gears.

Transitioning from conventional methods to more flexible platforms not only offers challenges in terms of alternative processes, but also in terms of product definition and process control. The current incumbent process utilises gear tables in respect to both product definition and process management.

UTAS-APS proposes that an investigation into the transition from gear table based product definition to one that utilises 3D based product definition would be a key enabler to opening up the opportunity of flexible manufacturing platforms.

The core aim of this project would be to investigate and define a PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) approach for gear components, with specific focus being given to the use of 3D models for the definition and manufacture of gears. The project will also challenge the incumbent approach and use of gear tables in manufacturing, promoting the use of 3D models for driving the manufacturing process and also being utilised in the inspection and feedback loop to allow for adjustment and optimisation of the process.

The core scientific and technological challenges will include:

- Transition from gear tables to 3D product definition.
- Design–Make–Inspect feedback loop.
- Optimisation and adjustments of the manufacturing processes using 3D based product definition and inspection geometries.

About UTC Aerospace Systems
UTC Aerospace Systems is one of the world’s largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and defense products. We design, manufacture and service systems and components and provide integrated solutions for commercial, regional, business and military aircraft, helicopters and other platforms. We are also a major supplier to international space programs.

Our customers include original equipment manufacturers that build aircraft and helicopters, engine manufacturers, and airlines, as well as defense agencies and contractors. Our commitment is to help them develop and maintain safer, lighter, more reliable and more efficient aircraft and other platforms.

UTC Aerospace Systems is part of United Technologies (NYSE:UTX), a diversified company that provides a broad range of high-technology products and services to the global aerospace and building systems industries.

The Actuation Systems business is a global leader in the design, manufacture and support of actuation systems for large commercial, regional, business and military aircraft as well as for helicopters and precision weapons.

Actuation Systems delivers a range of technology options including electric and hydraulic powered actuators and advanced carbon-fiber products for commercial aerospace and defense applications.

For general enquiries about the IDC, our 4-year structured PhD, eligibility etc., please contact the Centre via [email protected]

Funding Notes

Applicants must have, or expect to get, a 1st or high 2:1 degree (or Masters with Merit) in a relevant science or engineering subject such as Aerospace, Mechanical, Civil or Materials Engineering.
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

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