MPhil/PhD Scholarship Material Waste Reduction Modelling in Manufacturing Industry

(Ref: VCS-ENG-01-13)


Manufacturing in a large factory is an expensive operation, with some of the inputs being turned into waste. Waste that has been targeted in the past has generally been time, but a lot of other wastes were insignificant and there was no economic sense in optimising for them, until now.

The aim of this project will be to develop a material waste reduction model that can be used in manufacturing industry.

The initial part of the project will identify and map various wastes being generated on a manufacturing line against the operational parameters, procedures and the process, which will be transformed into a database system.

The second part of the project will integrate this data into an existing simulation model of a complex manufacturing plant. The integration will involve mapping the data into the model and then setting up algorithms to replicate current situations.

The third part of the project will involve the development of optimisation rules and algorithms, to lower the waste output whilst maintaining the same level of manufacturing performance.

The successful candidate will receive a £13726 bursary (years 2 and 3 linked to RCUK Doctoral Stipend rate) plus a contribution towards tuition fees of up to the equivalent of the university’s Home/EU rate for the duration of their scholarship, subject to performance.

Applicants must hold a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (UK or UK equivalent) in a relevant discipline. 

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Applications are sought by the indicated closing date for starting in September 2013.

For further information please contact the supervisor: Dr Alan Arokiam +44 (0)1634 883632

For additional information about the studentship and links to the application form please go to: 

The application form should be completed and returned to: and include: a comprehensive CV and a one page covering letter explaining your interest in the project and how it relates to past experience and present motivations. Attachments should be in PDF or Word format.

The closing date for applications is noon on Tuesday 4 June 2013

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