[robotics-worldwide] [jobs]The University of Nottingham[UK]Rolls-Royce sponsored PhD Scholarship – Design and simulation of stiffness-adjustable robotic systems for performing on-wing repair of aero-engines

mengyao luan mengyao.luan at hotmail.com
Thu Apr 26 02:27:16 PDT 2018


ReferenceENG1088
Closing DateSaturday, 30th June 2018
DepartmentEngineering

*Rolls-Royce sponsored PhD Scholarship – Design and simulation of
stiffness-adjustable robotic systems for performing on-wing repair of
aero-engines*

Applicants are invited to undertake a 3 year PhD programme in partnership
with industry to address key challenges in on-platform manufacturing
engineering. The successful candidate will be based at The Rolls-Royce
University Technology Centre (UTC) in Manufacturing and On-Wing Technology
at University of Nottingham.

*We are seeking applicants to start on a Rolls-Royce project before
September 2018 or earlier. *

This project is in relation to the technical needs of Rolls-Royce to develop
automatic and hybrid tooling solutions to enable in-situ/on-wing repair and
maintenance of gas turbine engines.


At the Rolls-Royce UTC at University of Nottingham we have developed robotic
systems capable to navigate into crammed/hazardous environments, and perform
inspection and active operations such as machining. This is driven by the
need to complete repair tasks without disassembly of industrial
installations. We have developed a free-leg hexapod
(https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.youtube.com_watch-3Fv-3D2xoij4eoS44&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=AldmDL_hnorGG4FmsCiQRZDzkJu14RLnm3q64jOoXrc&s=IfmkNunQjDgV54KAZPivJu0WXDj3Wnc5_ik2NZF1Sgk&e=) and advanced it into a walking
machine tool
(https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__mediaspace.nottingham.ac.uk_media_Walking-2BHexapod_1-5Fojt64l9f&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=AldmDL_hnorGG4FmsCiQRZDzkJu14RLnm3q64jOoXrc&s=NbaUc-YUxEyUebVIbb4DxHjGEk85euOgPMjdEAA2_jE&e=).


We also developed a series of continuum robots in both short
(https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.youtube.com_watch-3Fv-3D21oxCBDWMtc&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=AldmDL_hnorGG4FmsCiQRZDzkJu14RLnm3q64jOoXrc&s=9B2eJ8hgvmP0373VVckSCTY7flRBrIeeQZmy3ysZIcE&e=) and long
(https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__mediaspace.nottingham.ac.uk_media_SeRArm_1-5Fs5kneg0w&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=AldmDL_hnorGG4FmsCiQRZDzkJu14RLnm3q64jOoXrc&s=_8IYuwV2Zf49abJ2K44PGeC9eZCUyReTzk6jACkXPnU&e=) versions. Both
systems can be coupled to result into hybrid robots having ability to both
walk/navigate and then perform tasks with end-effectors attached to both
hexapod and continuum arm sub-systems
(https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__mediaspace.nottingham.ac.uk_media_MiniRoboMach_1-5Fp6wvvkyl&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=AldmDL_hnorGG4FmsCiQRZDzkJu14RLnm3q64jOoXrc&s=Eu2fJl0fDcKXMzM5DOPC9-BCuRfZw6OquO7xpmdwPiE&e=). At the
Rolls-Royce UTC we have developed a unique capability to design, model and
realise our own robotic systems to perform tasks within restrictive
environments.


This project builds on these research/industrial successes and proposes
control solutions for automated robotic systems capable to be teleoperated
using smart human-machine interfaces.


This is an exciting PhD project that has a combination of academic and
industrial challenges which will enhance the student’s ability to tackle
complex intellectual and practical aspects of mechatronics/control and
manufacturing.

We are seeking talented candidates with:

•              First or upper second class degree in
mechanical/mechatronics/robotics/cybernetics or related scientific
discipline.

•              First rate analytical and numerical skills, with a
well-rounded academic background.

•              Demonstrated ability to develop precision mechanical
devices/mechatronics

•              Ability to develop kinematic and/or dynamic analysis of
mechanical/robotic systems

•              Ability to use finite element modelling and to simulate of
complex mechatronics and

•              Ability to implement control and kinematics with
hardware-in-the–loop

•              Background with relevant packages, (CREO/SOLIDWORKS,
ANSYS/ABAQUS, MATLAB)

•              A driven, professional and self-dependent work attitude is
essential

•              Experience of working within industry will be an advantage

•              The ability to produce high quality presentations and written
reports

This is an excellent opportunity to work on a novel robotic system with
strong links to industrial applications and key skills and knowledge in
preparation for a high-impact, high-technology research or industrial
career.


The scholarship on offer (to eligible students) comprises a tax-free stipend
of £19,000 a year; tuition fees paid and a generous study package.


Eligibility: Only UK Higher Education “Home Fee” status applicants and EU
residents satisfying the three-year residency requirement are eligible.


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

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

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