4-year PhD Studentship in Faculty of Engineering University of Nottingham

Applications are invited for a PhD position in materials engineering to join The University of Nottingham, UK. The funds for this position are available for 4 years. Applications are invited up to January 01, 2019.

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship (4 years) within the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Additive Manufacturing in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Nottingham.

Additive manufacturing (AM) enables us to build parts with internal cellular structures, or lattices. This is often done to achieve structural lightweighting, but also has the potential to be used for thermal management and fluid flow applications; examples include the active cooling of automotive components and the continuous chemical flow reactors used in the pharmaceutical industry. This project will examine the design and use of AM lattices for a range of these applications, with specific emphasis on components, which combine different lattice types in one design. There are fundamental challenges facing the design of such components; these include the issue of how to design the interfaces of two or more lattice zones in a way, which preserves or enhances the functionality of the component. Addressing this issue will take lattice structures one step further into mainstream manufacturing, enabling a new generation of advanced components across several industrial sectors.

The project will focus on the design and simulation of latticed components, incorporating finite element analysis (FEA), topology optimisation (TO) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD). But there is also significant scope for experimental work, i.e. manufacturing the latticed components and testing their performance to improve the computer models. For component manufacture, the project will make use the various processes available within the Centre for Additive Manufacturing, ranging from stereolithography (SLA) to selective laser melting (SLM) of aluminium alloys.

Due to funding restrictions, the position is only available for UK and EU candidates

- Candidates must possess or expect to obtain, a 2:1 or first class degree in Engineering or Physical Sciences related discipline. Applicants with Mechanical and Materials Engineering background are strongly encouraged to apply.

- Candidates will be available to start on 1st February 2019.

Please send a copy of your covering letter, CV and academic transcripts to referring to the project title.


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