[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] PhD Studentship Microstructural and surface integrity in machining of specialist composite materials for next generation aero-engine applications UTC[UK]

mengyao luan mengyao.luan at hotmail.com
Mon Apr 23 06:33:36 PDT 2018

PhD Studentship - Microstructural and surface integrity in machining of
specialist composite materials for next generation aero-engine applications

Applicants are invited to undertake a 3-year PhD programme in partnership
with industry to address key challenges in manufacturing engineering. The
successful candidate will be based at the Rolls-Royce University Technology
Centre (UTC) in Manufacturing and On-Wing Technology at The University of
Nottingham. Having state-of-the-art, purpose built facilities, the UTC
offers a world-class environment for the realisation of high-impact research

We are seeking applications for an anticipated September 2018 start, or
earlier (depending on the candidate availability), on a project with
Rolls-Royce plc. The Rolls-Royce funded Studentship is the result of the
expanding machining activities sponsored at the Rolls-Royce UTC dealing with
in-depth investigations of the response of difficult-to-cut materials to
various machining operations in the scope of robust manufacture of safety
critical aero-engine components.

The project will seek an understanding of the microstructural changes during
machining of anisotropic, heterogeneous and semi-brittle composite materials
for high temperature applications used in the latest generations of civil
and military aero-engines. This will involve using performance monitoring
techniques during the machining such as dynamometers, high-speed imaging
systems, accelerometers and acoustic emissions sensors; complemented with
advanced material characterisation techniques such as Scanning Electron
Microscopy (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), 3D optical
profilometry and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD).

This project will also involve an analytical/numerical modelling of the
material micro-mechanical behaviour during the machining process with the
aim of understanding and predicting the surface integrity and mechanisms of
material damage (i.e. fibre pull out, delamination, crack formation or local
deformations). Internationally recognised Rolls-Royce specialists in the
field will be available throughout the project to provide the PhD student
with support and guidance if required.

For mutual interest the project can be offered as a "package" - this will
◾Appropriate training within Rolls-Royce for a period to be agreed. The
training will enable the understanding of the technical issues related to
the project, as well as developing a good partnership with the appropriate
technical teams.
◾Joint academic and industrial supervision. In this way, the student will
develop both academic and industrial skills with multiple career
opportunities at the end of the PhD study.
◾For PhD students wishing to pursue an academic career, the opportunity to
participate in teaching activities will be sought.

The scholarship on offer (to eligible students) comprises a tax-free stipend
of £16,000 a year; tuition fees paid and a generous study package.

This is an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic first or upper second
class graduate in mechanical/manufacturing/materials science/physics to
develop strong knowledge in both manufacturing and material science while
building strong relationships with both academic and industrial areas at an
international level. Graduates finishing their degrees in June 2017 are also
encouraged to apply.

Eligibility: Due to the nature of funding only UK/EU applicants can be
considered for this position

Please contact the UTC director, Prof. Dragos Axinte, for further

Email: dragos.axinte at nottingham.ac.uk     Tel: 011595 14117
Cecilia Flores : Cecilia.Flores at nottingham.ac.uk
Mengyao Luan: Mengyao.Luan at nottingham.ac.uk

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