Postgraduate research opportunities

Electroforming 4.0

The project involves the development of a pilot scale reactor with instrumentation that will enable the interrogation and optimisation an electroforming process. Both scientific and statistical techniques will be employed to interpret process data enabling process control.

Number of places

One

Opens

17 February 2020

Duration

3 years

Eligibility

Students applying should have (or expect to achieve) a high 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant Engineering/science discipline, and must be highly motivated to undertake multidisciplinary research. 

Project Details

Electrochemical forming is a unique additive manufacturing method which uses electrochemical technologies to manufacture, layer-by-layer, parts of complex geometry. Electrochemical forming finds applications in aerospace, high-precision ink-jet printers, medical technology and microscale technologies. Despite its wide-ranging uses, current manufacturing methods remain traditional and rely on experience rather than a deep scientific understanding, which is required for an “Industry 4.0” era.

This project will explore novel methodologies which can transform this technology for Industry 4.0 readiness. The project will involve the development of a pilot scale reactor with relevant analytical techniques and instrumentation that will enable the interrogation and optimisation of the process. Both scientific and statistical techniques will be employed to interpret process data. The effort of the work will not only enable an additive sustainable process to be optimised through deeper knowledge, but also enable it to reach Industry 4.0 readiness level.

In addition to undertaking cutting edge research, students are also registered for the Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Development (PGCert), which is a supplementary qualification that develops a student’s skills, networks and career prospects.

 

Funding Details

This PhD project is awaiting funding outcome and is offered on a self-funding basis. It is open to applicants with their own funding, or those applying to funding sources. However, excellent candidates will be eligible to be considered for a University scholarship.

Contact us

Miss Ewa Kosciuk

+44(0) 141 548 2835

chemeng-pg-admissions@strath.ac.uk

James Weir Building, 75 Montrose Street, Glasgow, G1 1XJ

How to apply

Apply for this project here – please quote the project title in your application.

During the application you'll be asked for the following information and evidence uploaded to the application:

  • your full contact details
  • transcripts and certificates of all degrees
  • proof of English language proficiency if you are not from a majority English-speaking country as recognised by UKVI
  • two references, one of which must be academic. Please see our guidance on referees
  • funding or scholarship information
  • international students must declare any previous UK study

By filling these details out as fully as possible, you'll avoid any delay to your application being processed by the University.

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