Rolls-Royce fully funded PhD Studentship Innovative tooling and manufacturing techniques for high performance grinding wheels for aerospace applications

Applications are invited for the above post within the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) in Manufacturing Technology in the Division of Manufacturing Engineering, University of Nottingham. The Department has an excellent international reputation for high quality theoretical and experimental research funded by EPSRC, DTI, EU and manufacturing industry.

The studentship is available in the following research area: development of advanced wear-resistant and cost-effective dressers for profiling tight and complex geometry grinding wheels used on high toleranced parts made of Ni-based superalloys.

The project is funded directly by Rolls-Royce Plc., world leader in manufacturing of gas turbine engines.

The following main research steps will be addressed:

(1) research on characterisation and understanding of the wear behaviour of state-of-the-art roller dressers depending on particular geometries and its influence on the geometry and cutting ability of the grinding wheels;
(2) development of novel dressing tool designs to improve dressing efficiency and minimise the wear rates.

While the research will exploit the background knowledge of Rolls-Royce UTC in Manufacturing at University of Nottingham and Rolls-Royce have in the field, the student will seek further tooling concepts while developing the necessary scientific understanding in grinding to enable improved process performance.

Students must have a first or upper second class academic qualification in mechanical/manufacturing/materials engineering or in a related discipline; undergraduate students completing their studies in July 2012 are eligible. UK/EU students only will be considered for this position, due to funding restrictions

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The studentship will be based at Rolls-Royce UTC at The University of Nottingham for a period of 3 years starting October/November 2013, and will include a bursary which covers the full tuition fees and provides a tax-free stipend of £14,000 per annum for the duration of the studentship.

Applications, with a detailed CV and the names and addresses of two referees should be sent to: Prof. D Axinte, Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, The University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD. Email: via the APPLY button below.

Please quote ref: ENG/749  
Closing date 20 January 2014

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