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Electroforming of large-scale nickel structures for leading-edge energy, aerospace and marine applications

The current PhD project aims to take electroforming to the next technology level, by employing new process chemistries, pulse deposition methods, and mask-less patterning technologies.

Number of places

1

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Opens

18 October 2018

Deadline

1 December 2018

Duration

4 years

Eligibility

A full PhD studentship is available for 4 years but, due to the nature of the collaboration, is only available to nationals from NATO countries.

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. Experience in electrochemistry or electrodeposition is desirable, but not essential. 

Project Details

A fully funded industrial PhD position is currently available in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Strathclyde in the areas of electroforming, electrochemistry, chemical engineering and additive manufacturing. Electroforming is an established additive manufacturing technique that can be used to manufacture complex, large-scale, metallic components for various applications within the aerospace industry.  However, the requirement to produce ever-larger components with tighter dimensional tolerances and improved deposit properties necessitates additional improvements to existing electroforming processes. 

The current PhD project aims to take electroforming to the next technology level, by employing new process chemistries, pulse deposition methods, and mask-less patterning technologies. These approaches will be combined with intelligent modelling techniques to optimise the properties of the electroformed parts such as stress, strength, wear resistance and thickness uniformity. This project will be in collaboration with a leading UK aerospace company based in Sheffield and the candidate will be required to work at both the academic and the industrial partner sites

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

A full PhD studentship is available for 4 years but, due to the nature of the collaboration, is only available to nationals from NATO countries.

Contact us

Ms Jacqueline Brown

+44(0) 141 574 5319

chemeng-pg-admissions@strath.ac.uk

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

How to apply

Apply for this PhD project here.

Please quote the project title in your application.