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4 year Engineering Doctorate (EngD): Developing novel and flexible gear machining methodologies (UTAS))

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  • Full or part time
    Dr M Marshall
    Dr Pete Crawforth
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round

Project Description

Start date: 3 September 2018
Stipend: £18,000 pa plus tuition fees paid at Home/EU rates

Project details
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.

More information about UTAS can be found here http://utcaerospacesystems.com/Pages/Default.aspx

Funding Notes

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 (see How to Apply section).

Candidates must also be able show that their English language proficiency is at a level which allows them to successfully complete the EngD. 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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