PhD Studentships Finite Element Modelling, Graded Lattice Design, Analysis and Manufacture of Multifunctional Devices

EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Additive Manufacturing

The EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Additive Manufacturing will be led from the University of Nottingham from July 1, 2012, with Loughborough University as a partner. The aim of this EPSRC Centre is to work at the forefront of Additive Manufacturing and Three Dimensional (3D) Printing research with a focus on next-generation, multi-material and multifunctional Additive Manufacturing systems for the production of end-use functionalised 3D structures and components.

As part of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Additive Manufacturing, two full-time funded PhD studentships are available at the University of Nottingham’s main University Park Campus. The University of Nottingham is nationally and internationally renowned as a leading research intensive Institution that ranks highly in the latest international league tables for both teaching and research excellence. This, combined with our overseas campuses in China and Malaysia, makes the University of Nottingham a truly global and world-class institution.

Stemming from the world’s leading research group in the field that has recently transferred to the University of Nottingham, the research to be undertaken within the EPSRC Centre will focus on the investigation of new processes and design systems to support the manufacture of end-use, multifunctional products via 3D Printing. The major research theme of the EPSRC Centre is therefore to concentrate on enabling greater potential value and application by integrating additional engineering or systems functionality within a single component. The research is also aimed at exploiting the unrivalled design freedoms associated with 3D Printing to enable next generation products demanded by key industrial partners.

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The aim of the studentships is to develop analysis methods and optimisation algorithms that will enable the effective and efficient design and optimisation of multi-functional AM devices and to develop a design tool for use in industry. The project will be conducted with PhD students working within a wider research team comprising of academics, post-doctoral researchers, and technical staff. Operating as part of a collaborative aim, the candidates will broadly specialise in researching efficient methods of designing graded lattices, handling large finite element models and carrying large data sets through design, analysis and manufacture.

These studentships are due to start 1 October 2012, cover tuition fees and provide a tax-free stipend for the three-year duration of the project starting at £13,590 pa. and increasing with an annual increment. An additional £2000 a year may be awarded for students with a 1st class degree/ MSc Distinction from a UK Russell Group University or equivalent. These studentships provide tuition fees at the UK/EU rate only. Entry requirements include a good Bachelors degree (minimum upper second class) in Engineering, Applied Science or a related subject.

Please direct informal enquiries to the EPSRC Centre Director, Prof Richard Hague, via the EPSRC Centre Coordinator (Martin Baumers) by e-mail to or phone +44 (0)115 9513877.

Application forms and notes of guidance can be obtained online, by clicking on the ‘Apply’ button below. Please select the Department of Mechanical, Materials & Manufacturing.

Please quote ref. ENG/602. These studentships will remain open until filled.

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