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Position: PhD Studentship: Shedding new light on additive manufacturing for aerospace applications
Institution: University College London
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Location: London, United Kingdom
Duties: The successful candidate will help develop and apply a second generation AM rig with correlative imaging abilities, performing experiments to image microstructural feature formation during realistic build conditions (multi-hatch, multi-layer builds) using a combination of optical, thermal, and high-speed x-ray imaging. The results will be correlated to traditional XMT and microscopy techniques. Working with the modelling teams at Rolls-Royce and collaborators, you will use the results to inform and validate models. The overall goal of the project is to generate a mechanistic understanding that links manufacturing process conditions, alloy composition, and the occurrence of defects
Requirements: Applicants should ideally have a first class undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical, Materials, Physics, Mathematics or a related discipline. Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills, along with a stated interest in interdisciplinary research, are essential. Experience in programming, experimental design, image analysis, and materials science would be beneficial. Fluent spoken and written English in accordance with UCL English requirements (TOEFL>92 or IELTS>6.5). The position is open to students on Home fees
   
Text: PhD Studentship: Shedding new light on additive manufacturing for aerospace applications, - Ref:1728560 Click here to go back to search results UCL Department / Division Mechanical Engineering Location of position UK non-UCL site Location of the work (non-UCL site) Harwell, Oxfordshire Duration of Studentship Four years Stipend ?18,000 per annum Vacancy Information This studentship provides an opportunity for a UK/EU candidate to join a 4-year study program in UCL's Department of Mechanical Engineering. The project is based at the Research Complex at Harwell in Oxfordshire, working with Diamond Light Source and the Central Laser Facilities. You will perform world unique synchrotron experiments, revealing new fundamental insights into AM, producing high impact publications. Working with Rolls-Royce and the EPSRC MAPP Future Manufacturing Hub ( www.mapp.ac.uk ), you will transform these new insights into high impact innovations to help UK Plc. Being a PhD student at UCL, one of the world?s top multidisciplinary universities, you will benefit from state-of-the-art mechanical engineering research training, high performance computing, experimental laboratories and combined supervision by world leading scientists in engineering, materials, and synchrotron imaging. Studentship Description Additive Manufacturing (AM) is hailed as a disruptive technology, offering a radical departure from traditional manufacturing approaches. AM allows unprecedented design freedom via the layer by layer laser build of components from powder. However, our fundamental understanding and control of laser-processed powder is still limited because AM uses extreme conditions ? very high solidification rates, ultra-fine microstructures, and far-from-equilibrium meta-stable phase formation. Prof. Lee?s group is world leading in developing in situ synchrotron characterisation techniques for directly observing the molten pool during full laser powder bed AM, having developed the first rig to perform such experiments (Fig. 1a, Nature Communications, https://rdcu.be/K6Cz ). The successful candidate will help develop and apply a second generation AM rig with correlative imaging abilities, performing experiments to image microstructural feature formation during realistic build conditions (multi-hatch, multi-layer builds) using a combination of optical, thermal, and high-speed x-ray imaging. The results will be correlated to traditional XMT and microscopy techniques. Working with the modelling teams at Rolls-Royce and collaborators, you will use the results to inform and validate models. The overall goal of the project is to generate a mechanistic understanding that links manufacturing process conditions, alloy composition, and the occurrence of defects. Person Specification ? Applicants should ideally have a first class undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical, Materials, Physics, Mathematics or a related discipline. ?Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills, along with a stated interest in interdisciplinary research, are essential. ?Experience in programming, experimental design, image analysis, and materials science would be beneficial. ?Fluent spoken and written English in accordance with UCL English requirements (TOEFL> 92 or IELTS> 6.5). ?The position is open to students on Home fees. Eligibility Eligible applicants should contact Prof. Peter Lee ( peter.lee@ucl.ac.uk ) enclosing a cover letter (including the names and contact details of two referees), one-page research statement, transcripts and a CV. Contact name Monique Conybeare Contact details m.conybeare@ucl.ac.uk UCL Taking Action for Equality Closing Date 30 Jun 2018 Latest time for the submission of applications 23.59 Interview date TBC Studentship Description
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