Advanced Digital Manufacturing Techniques for Complex Warships

This project will investigate the future use of digital techniques in a Naval Ships production environment and look to create an architectural framework. It will consider how best to integrate digital design with automated production methods and how to link the production engineer to design engineers.

Number of places

1

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Opens

5 November 2018

Deadline

19 February 2019

Duration

48 months

Eligibility

Applications welcome from Home, EU and International students

Project Details

This PhD will explore what a digital manufacturing shipyard looks like in the future and will define an architectural framework of such.  It will consider: -

  1. How movement of information from our CAD models to the shopfloor may enhance our ability to transform the manufacturing environment and effectively support a Manufacturing Engineer at the point of manufacture.
  2. Digital techniques that enable engineering at a distance to ensure that a Design Engineer has a more direct connection to the final product.
  3. How to adapt the culture to maximise adoption and production benefits realised from these digital techniques.

The digital techniques could include the following technology areas:

  • Augmented/Virtual Reality
  • Laser scanning/video capture from working environment
  • Drones for aerial/compartment survey
  • Robots/Cobots
  • Machine based learning for analysing manufacturing output
  • Wearables
  • Condition based/Predictive Maintenance

Funding Details

Funding will cover Home Fees and Stipend for the full duration of the studentship.  International student application must be able to cover the difference in fees between home and overseas.

Supervisor

Professor Alex Duffy and Dr Ian Whitfield

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Integrated Model Based Engineering in Naval Ships Design


Deadline:31 May 2019 Opens:1 June 2018

Working with BAE Systems Maritime, who operate several of the small number of shipyards in the world capable of designing and manufacturing naval ships and submarines, provides a rare insight into a globally leading company, whilst also allowing your research to make a difference.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Design manufacture and engineering management

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Through life assessment of design for lightweighting


Deadline:31 May 2019 Opens:24 July 2018

The concept of lightweighting is driven by benefits gained from the automotive industry in terms of using materials other than steel, as a basis for reducing the overall vehicle weight, and subsequently reducing the operating costs and operational environmental impact.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Design manufacture and engineering management

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Innovation to support lightweight manufacturing

This exploratory project seeks to understand the changes needed in an organisation to successfully innovate using lightweight materials. The research will build upon innovation and operations management theory, utilising and adapting an existing tool for assessing innovation maturity (Enkle et al, 2011). The project wi

Number of places

1

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Opens

11 February 2019

Deadline

31 May 2019

Duration

42 months

Eligibility

The studentships are available for UK, EU and International* students, who possess or are about to obtain a first class or 2.1 BEng (Honours), MEng or MSc degree, or equivalent EU/International qualification, in a relevant physical sciences or engineering discipline.

*International students applying must be able to provide evidence and pay the difference between the UK Home Fee and International Fee.

 

Project Details

Whilst considerable work is being undertaken to develop lightweight materials and to support lightweight manufacturing, less has been done to understand the wider innovation ecosystem needed to support companies innovating using lightweight materials and processes. As companies consider a move to lightweight there are many other factors they need to think about in terms of change management and managing innovation.

People, skills, processes, technology, supply chain, partners physical space and business models are just some of the things that may need to be addressed. Multiple sources (eg. Made Smarter 2017, EEF 2018) suggest that one of the biggest challenges for UK manufacturing is building innovation capability – not just technology innovation but embedding innovation processes within the firm. If we don’t have innovation capability in our firms they may be unable to embrace and embed innovation in their products, services and processes.

A number of reports by industry bodies (eg. EEF 2018, CBI 2017) have suggested that whilst the bigger firms, closer to the customer are more likely to have clear innovation strategies and processes, often firms further down the value chain have less of the complementary assets to be able to effectively utilise the technology for competitive advantage.

Funding Details

Funding will be provided which will cover Home Fees and Stipend.

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Exploring innovation capability in the UK Advanced Manufacturing value chain

To carry out an innovation audit of firms at all levels of UK Advanced Manufacturing Value Chain using innovation and operations management and pairing this with the Theory of Constraints Philosophy.

Number of places

1

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Opens

13 February 2019

Deadline

1 October 2019

Duration

36 months

Eligibility

The studentships are available for UK, EU and International* students, who possess or are about to obtain a first class or 2.1 BEng (Honours), MEng or MSc degree, or equivalent EU/International qualification, in a relevant physical sciences or engineering discipline.

*International students applying must be able to provide evidence and pay the difference between the UK Home Fee and International Fee.

Project Details

The ambition of the UK Industrial Strategy is to boost productivity, capitalise on UK’s strengths and act on the weaknesses that may stop the country from realising its full potential. Significant investment has been made by the Government through mechanisms such as the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, and investment in HVM Catapults. However, the Government recognise that there is more to manufacturing productivity than just infrastructure and research; it is about commercialising and adopting new technology and having the right technical and leadership skills to manage change (Lambert, 2018). More recently investments have been made to address these more managerial challenges through initiatives and bodies such as Be the Business, Productivity through People, and Made Smarter.

To profile the innovation maturity of UK firms within the UK Advanced Manufacturing value chain and identify barriers to productivity improvement.

  • To carry out an innovation audit of firms at all levels of the UK advanced manufacturing value chain
  • To identify the most common constraints
  • To make recommendations that will help improve the uptake of new technologies in UK manufacturing firms

The research will build upon innovation and operations management theory, utilising and adapting an existing tool for assessing innovation maturity (Enkle et al, 2011) and pairing this with the theory of constraints philosophy (Goldratt,1984) to better understand the constraints found by firms at each level in the value chain. This two-step approach is similar to that pioneered by Clegg (2018). A survey and a series of workshops will gather new empirical data, which will be coded using relational content analysis to identify a parsimonious set of constraint categories.

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Novel Path Planning Algorithms and Smart Navigation Strategies of Multiple Autonomous Robots for the Visual Inspection of Asset Integrity in Confined Space

This project is to fundamentally investigate the novel path planning algorithms and smart navigation strategies for developing a feasible solution to the autonomous visual inspection and assessment of internal and external surface conditions in confined spaces through the use of a MAR equipped with on-board cameras.

Number of places

1

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Opens

13 February 2019

Deadline

1 October 2019

Duration

42 months

Eligibility

The studentships are available for UK, EU and International* students, who possess or are about to obtain a first class or 2.1 BEng (Honours), MEng or MSc degree, or equivalent EU/International qualification, in a relevant physical sciences or engineering discipline.

Project Details

Robotic and autonomous systems (RAS) have received the increasing interests both in onshore and offshore applications where harsh environment (e.g. confined space to deploy and access) has been a challenging issue particularly in the oil and gas industry for numerous reasons. Among them, health, safety and environmental concerns are the key drivers for the deployment of RAS technology. The inspection of key assets in harsh environment (e.g., in the oil and gas industry) is critical both for safety and business reasons. With the current need to deploy an engineer into these environments, safety is of utmost importance and as a result, much preparatory work and additional safety assessments must be performed prior to human entry.  In addition, RASs have enabled machines with greater levels of flexibility and adaptability, allowing them to perform various tasks more efficiently than the human counterpart. Multiple Autonomous Robots (MARs) (e.g., Unmanned aerial vehicles, UAVs, climbing mobile robots, etc) within the realm of RASs in particular have emerged as highly agile systems that can be deployed in swarms to perform lightweight tasks quickly and efficiently. With the rising safety, time and cost concerns relating to the inspection of important industrial equipment and infrastructures, the use of small, lightweight MAR that can be deployed quickly to assess the internal and external conditions are highly desirable.

This project is to fundamentally investigate the novel path planning algorithms and smart navigation strategies for developing a feasible solution to the autonomous visual inspection and assessment of internal and external surface conditions in confined spaces through the use of a MAR equipped with on-board cameras. The proposed path planning algorithms and smart navigation strategies consist of an intelligent MAR controller and coverage path planner that determines an optimal path to fully inspect the assets such as vessel surfaces in which confined space has raised the significant challenges in both academic and industrial domains . It is also proposed that the MAR will have obstacle avoidance capabilities to avoid collision with external obstructions and internal features such as weirs and vane packs etc. Toward this end, smart  navigation strategies will be playing a key role.  

Small MARs are cost-effective for deployment in completing a task for a large area. Their agile locomotion system enables a high degree of mobility such that obstacle avoidance and complex path following can be realised. This project aims to develop a fast and cost-effective solution to the path planning and navigation problem of MAR for the visual inspection of asset integrity in confined spaces by carrying out a PhD-level fundamental research programme in the targeted domain with the focus of addressing the gaps in applying robotics and autonomous systems (RAS) to the Oil and Gas industry for widening RAS’s social and economic impact.

To achieve this aim, the proposed project will be focusing on the following three research objectives: 1) To investigate how to automatically detect and intelligently recognize the hazardous situations within the inspection areas of the asset in confined spaces. 2) To investigate how the MAR can be controlled and navigated in a smarter manner in the confined space to fulfil a series of challenging tasks such as obstacle avoidance, positioning, path tracking, and coordinated control of each autonomous vehicles (robots) in the MAR . 3) To develop an intelligent coverage path planning (CPP) algorithm for MAR’s  visual inspection of both internal and external asset (e.g., a vessel) surfaces. The proposed CPP is intended to enable the MAR  to visually inspect the entire area of the asset surface and takes into account the MAR motions as well as the field of view of the on-board inspection instruments (in this case a camera).

Funding Details

*International students applying must be able to provide evidence and pay the difference between the UK Home Fee and International Fee.

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Improved metallurgical manufacture via multi-axial testing of microstructures

The project will address this critical knowledge gap by developing a miniature bi-axial mechanical testing apparatus for in-situ studies inside a scanning electron microscope (SEM).

Number of places

1

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Opens

13 February 2019

Deadline

1 October 2019

Duration

48 months

Eligibility

The studentships are available for UK, EU and International* students, who possess or are about to obtain a first class or 2.1 BEng (Honours), MEng or MSc degree, or equivalent EU/International qualification, in a relevant physical sciences or engineering discipline.

Project Details

Next-generation metallurgical manufacturing requires a new level of understanding of how metals and alloys deform under multi-directional loading. The project will address this critical knowledge gap by developing a miniature bi-axial mechanical testing apparatus for in-situ studies inside a scanning electron microscope (SEM). Deformation of materials is often modelled on their uniaxial test characteristics. However, many modern metal-forming processes subject alloys to very complex loading regimes. The limited practical understanding of plastic deformation under multi-axial loading can place constraints on the geometry of the manufactured components. Bi-axial testing provides valuable insight about the intricate deformation mechanics of these processes. The constructed miniature load-frame will be used to investigate microstructure-level deformation of selected high-performance structural alloys in order to characterise component-scale deformation.

Digital image correlation and crystal orientation mapping (electron back-scatter diffraction, EBSD) will be used to measure the degree to which deformation is localised at the different microstructural features of the alloys. The studies will identify distinctions between uniaxial and bi-axial deformation behaviour in modern microstructurally complex alloys produced via conventional and additive manufacturing techniques. The results will be used to develop new theories for the deformation of different types of alloy microstructures. These improved models will enable the development and optimisation of novel resource-efficient metal-forming and additive manufacturing processes that produce lighter components with superior structural integrity.

Funding Details

*International students applying must be able to provide evidence and pay the difference between the UK Home Fee and International Fee.

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How to apply

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Gravity Based Renewable Energy System

The University of Strathclyde’s Interreg Renewable Engine Project along with Caley Ocean Systems are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated student with either a Controls/mechanical engineering or mathematician/economist/system modeller degree to work on a novel energy storage system.

Number of places

1

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Opens

13 February 2019

Deadline

30 June 2019

Duration

36 months

Eligibility

The studentships are available for UK, EU and International* students, who possess or are about to obtain a first class or 2.1 BEng (Honours), MEng or MSc degree, or equivalent EU/International qualification, in a relevant physical sciences or engineering discipline.

Project Details

The University of Strathclyde’s  Interreg Renewable Engine Project along with Caley Ocean Systems are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated  student with either a Controls/mechanical engineering or mathematician/economist/system modeller degree to work on a novel energy storage system.   The system works on the same principle as pumped hydro, with weights and winches replacing water and pumps. Energy is stored at times of off peak supply by lifting a large weight in a purpose built shaft.  Energy is then delivered to the grid at times of large demand by dropping the weight and converting potential energy to kinetic and ultimately electrical energy.  The system targets the UK’s growing need for sustainable, green energy storage.  As more traditional fossil fuel generation plants are replaced by more variable renewable sources, energy storage technologies are critical to the UK’s supply stability.  This project provides the unique opportunity for a student to perform detailed research and development in the renewable sector, while being part of a large scale industrial project.  The students’ work will link the mechanical operating capabilities with varying market output requirements. 

There are two prospective areas for research requiring differing skill sets:

1. Controls / mechanical engineer – modelling the system response of a mechanical energy storage system.  Maximising the energy storage efficiency and developing and understanding of operating behaviour for various output requirements. This could involve investigating critical design components such as rope friction and life, system fatigue life, and efficiency factors.

2. Mathematician/economist/system modeller  - developing a detailed financial and technical model of a mechanical energy storage system and developing an optimisation program to highlight the best operating conditions for a given set of technical parameters. 

Funding Details

*International students applying must be able to provide evidence and pay the difference between the UK Home Fee and International Fee.

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Multi-axial micromechanics of advanced alloys

This project will allow students to develop in-house capability for bi-axial tensile testing of advanced alloys inside a scanning electron microscope.

Number of places

1

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Opens

13 February 2019

Deadline

1 October 2019

Duration

36 months

Eligibility

The studentships are available for UK, EU and International* students, who possess or are about to obtain a first class or 2.1 BEng (Honours), MEng or MSc degree, or equivalent EU/International qualification, in a relevant physical sciences or engineering discipline.

Project Details

Deformation of materials is typically modelled on their performance during uni-axial tests. However, many modern metal-forming processes subject alloys to very complex loading conditions. Limited understanding of plastic deformation under multi-axial loading constrains the attainable geometry of the manufactured components. Bi-axial testing provides valuable insight about the intricate deformation mechanics. The miniature bi-axial load frame constructed by the student will be used to investigate microstructure-level deformation of selected high-performance alloys. Over the course of the project the student will develop in-house capability for bi-axial tensile testing of advanced alloys inside a scanning electron microscope. The student will use digital image correlation and crystal orientation mapping (electron back-scatter diffraction, EBSD) to measure how deformation is localised within the different microstructural features of the alloys. 

Funding Details

*International students applying must be able to provide evidence and pay the difference between the UK Home Fee and International Fee.

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Development of Advanced Manufacturing Platform for High Integrity Forged Components

This doctorate will clearly represent an exciting close industry-academic collaboration for the development of manufacturing processes of high-integrity components. This proposal is strongly supported by the AFRC Tier 1 industrial partners, showing its strong commitment and involvement.

Number of places

1

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Opens

13 February 2019

Deadline

31 August 2019

Duration

36 months

Eligibility

The studentships are available for UK, EU and International* students, who possess or are about to obtain a first class or 2.1 BEng (Honours), MEng or MSc degree, or equivalent EU/International qualification, in a relevant physical sciences or engineering discipline.

Project Details

Forging can create components that are stronger than those manufactured by any other metalworking processes. These components are used in applications where reliability and safety are critical. However, the manufacturing of high-integrity parts for critical applications brings important challenges. Currently, the research activities/tests, developed at lab scale are not representative of industrial processes. This introduces important challenges to companies for the development and adoption of new components/materials/processes.

One of the main aims of this industry doctorate is to bridge this gap, in good alignment with the AFRC FutureForge programme (£16.5 million project), bringing the largest piece of equipment (2000T hydraulic press) and state of the art forging facility to Scotland. This programme will bring unique capabilities to AFRC, allowing to conduct forging trials and manufacturing of prototypes at representative industrial scale.

This doctorate is aligned to FutureForge programme, allowing the Tier 1 members and Scottish companies to fully exploit this advanced manufacturing platform:

  • Engage with Scottish manufacturing supply chain and key end-users and sectors (Aerospace, Oil & Gas, Marine, Nuclear, Energy, Automotive);
  • Enhance the competitiveness of Tier 1 members and Scottish companies through the exploitation of high-integrity components.
  • Bring new business and development of cutting-edge research activities to AFRC.

Accelerate the development of new components, adoption of new materials and manufacturing processes in order to increase the competitiveness of the Scottish industry.Currently, there is big gap between the research activities developed in research centres/universities (low TRL levels), conducting small trials at lab scale and industrial manufacturing processes for manufacturing of real components. A significant disparity in results associated with the scale-effect is found too often. The cost of industrial trials for new materials and components is feasible in many cases. An intermediate solution is clearly needed.

One of the main aims of this industry doctorate is to bridge this gap, in good alignment with the AFRC FutureForge and CORE research programmes:

  • FutureForge is a highly ambitious programme for AFRC (£16.5 million project), bringing a 2000T hydraulic press and ancillary equipment to the AFRC. Funded by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI), Scottish Enterprise and the centre itself using HVM Catapult funding. The FutureForge programme will bring new capacities to AFRC in terms of open die, closed-die and isothermal forging, allowing the centre to conduct forging trials at representative industrial scale;
  • CORE research programme is a long-term strategic collaborative activities between AFRC and Tier 1 industrial partners (Boeing, Rolls Royce, Timet, Aubert & Duval, Bifrangi, Baker Hughes GE and Spirit Aerospace) which represent a variety of industries across relevant sectors for Scotland (aerospace, oil & gas, automotive, energy). The programme represents a long-term commitment between industrial partners and AFRC to develop strategic collaborative research activities.

This doctorate will clearly represent an exciting close industry-academic collaboration for the development of manufacturing processes of high-integrity components. This proposal is strongly supported by the AFRC Tier 1 industrial partners, showing its strong commitment and involvement.

Funding Details

*International students applying must be able to provide evidence and pay the difference between the UK Home Fee and International Fee.

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Advanced flame imaging diagnostics with application to gas furnace engineering (Burns/Aurik)

This fully-funded studentship is based in the Department of Chemical & Process Engineering and involves collaboration with the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC). The work involves application of advanced laser techniques for flame imaging.

Number of places

1

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Opens

13 February 2019

Deadline

1 October 2019

Duration

36 months

Eligibility

The studentships are available for UK, EU and International* students, who possess or are about to obtain a first class or 2.1 BEng (Honours), MEng or MSc degree, or equivalent EU/International qualification, in a relevant physical sciences or engineering discipline.

Project Details

This fully-funded studentship is based in the Department of Chemical & Process Engineering (CPE) at Strathclyde and involves collaboration with the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC).  The work involves application of advanced laser techniques for flame imaging.  The ultimate goal is to understand the dynamics of reacting flows in heat-treatment gas furnaces. Gas furnaces are commonly used in the manufacture of advanced alloys for a variety of industries. The quality of the treated material, and also the furnace efficiency, depend strongly on the flow field, the temperature field, and the species concentration field inside the furnace.

The inherent complexity of turbulent reacting flows necessitates advanced experimental methods. The challenges are still greater when dealing with technical-scale systems such as the AFRC furnace.

Researchers in CPE have expertise in advanced laser techniques for reacting-flow imaging, which will be the basis for the proposed experimental work, including measurements of temperature, reactive intermediates and pollutant emissions. This studentship forms part of a joint experimental / modelling project, with the CFD work to be carried out by researchers based in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE), at Strathclyde. 

This project has several strands.  A major element of the experimental work will involve comprehensive laser imaging of representative laboratory flames at a much smaller scale, for the purpose of model validation. Techniques to be employed include Laser Induced Fluorescence (LIF) imaging, for measuring intermediate concentrations including OH and CH2O, which serve as markers for flame-front location as well as flame temperature and heat release rate.  Laboratory studies will also be used to validate the performance of optical techniques suitable for deployment at industrial sites, including flame emission (chemiluminescence) measurements and diode laser absorption spectroscopy.  These techniques will then be used to monitor the gas-furnace flames and exhaust gases directly.

Funding Details

*International students applying must be able to provide evidence and pay the difference between the UK Home Fee and International Fee.

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