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Near Net Shape Manufacturing

The Weir Advanced Research Centre (WARC) and the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) are working in conjunction to research the Identification of near net shape manufacturing technologies, to reduce manufacturing costs and lead time through the elimination of some manufacturing processes and raw material usage.

Number of places

1

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Opens

16 November 2017

Deadline

30 June 2018

Duration

36 months

Eligibility

Applications from Home and EU applicants only

Project Details

  • focus on identification of near net shape manufacturing technologies that reduce manufacturing costs and lead time through the elimination of some manufacturing processes and raw material usage that fit with Weir component requirements
  • identify Weir components (or redesign opportunities) that could benefit from a Near Net Shape manufacturing process routing and undertake proof of concept project work that demonstrates the manufacturing efficiencies that are currently unrecognised
  • the AFRC identified in Phase I of this project that there is potential for up to 40% manufacturing efficiencies to be gained in Oil & Gas equipment through adopting Near Net Shape alternatives to current manufacturing routes. This project would build on the existing project findings, Flow Control valve cage and also aligns with SPM forged fluid end project and other interests.

Funding Details

This project is funded by the Weir Advanced Research Centre (WARC) covering, Home/EU Fees and a tax free stipend of £18,000 for a 3 year duration.

Supervisor

Professor Jonathan Corney & Dr Douglas Watson