Looking for a fulfilling role working to develop the next generation of advanced powder processes?

MAPP is recruiting for a Research Associate post based at the University of Sheffield, two PhD posts at the University of Sheffield and a PhD post based with University College London at the Harwell Campus, Oxfordshire.

Research Associate in Next Generation Laser Based Additive Manufacturing of Metallic Alloys, University of Sheffield, Department of Mechanical Engineering 

This is an exciting opportunity to develop the next generation of laser based additive manufacturing. The post holder will work on a project funded by the EPSRC and Innovate UK/Industry to develop a novel laser based additive manufacturing system for processing of challenging reflective metallic alloys (for example, platinum based). It will integrate new and novel arrays of fibre/diode lasers at variable wavelengths (visible to near-infrared) combined with optical pre-heating to maximize processing efficiency. The post holder leading this project will be supported by a team of post-doctoral researchers, PhD students, technicians and industry consultants. By the end of the project, it is expected a benchtop demonstrator system would have been created (enabling us to showcase our innovative approaches externally) producing small but complex samples that would be challenging to manufacture using standard additive manufacturing techniques.
This is a fantastic opportunity to develop a novel technique and knowledge that has the potential to be adopted by high value industries in automotive, aerospace and medical sectors.

The application deadline is  Sunday, 24th March 2019. Visit jobs.ac.uk for more information.

Development of novel powder routes for the manufacture of electrical drives and motors, University of Sheffield, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Additive manufacture (AM) of metals is starting to become more widely accepted technology for the production of critical structural components. There is also evidence that we can, through careful control of processing conditions, generate materials with site-specific properties e.g. controlling the magnetic behaviour to make the material paramagnetic or ferromagnetic on demand. In this PhD we will seek to build on these observations and develop novel; routes for the manufacture of functioning electrical motors – looking at methods for developing and controlling magnetic and other material properties directly in the AM process.

The application deadline is Sunday, March 31, 2019. Visit findaphd.com for more information.

FAST-forge of AM metal-metal composites, University of Sheffield, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Critical aerospace components manufactured from titanium alloys and nickel superalloys tend to be over-engineered due to the restrictive melt-wrought-machining route. Even powder processing routes utilising hot isostatic pressing for nickel superalloys have limitations due to the requirement of downstream thermomechanical processing. 

Over recent years hybrid powder consolidation processes FAST-forge and FAST-DB have demonstrated that titanium and nickel superalloys powders can be consolidated and forged in two steps to produce near net shape demonstrator parts such as rocker arms and connecting rods. Higher strength (and higher cost) alloys can be graded into different subcomponent regions to provide cost-effective subcomponent or site-specific properties. 

In this project, through EPSRC MAPP partners we aim to create a new processing route that will combine FAST-forge and AM technologies.

The application deadline is Sunday, March 31, 2019. Visit findaphd.com for more information.

PhD studentship - Shedding new light on additive manufacturing for aerospace applications, University College London, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Harwell Campus, Oxfordshire

The successful applicant will join a dynamic group from UCL Mechanical Engineering based at the UK’s largest science campus, Harwell. Using the latest synchrotron and neutron sources and unique in situ AM machines, you will image the AM process to address key fundamental and applied challenges facing the AM industry. The PhD project is jointly supervised by Prof. Peter Lee (UCL) and Dr Ben Saunders (Rolls-Royce plc.), and supported by Dr. Alex Leung.

The successful candidate will help apply and further develop a new generation AM process replicator that enables users to image microstructural feature formation during realistic build conditions, including multi-hatch and multi-layer builds, using a combination of optical, thermal, and high-speed X-ray imaging. The results will be used in conjunction with traditional X-ray computed tomography and other microscopy techniques. 

The closing date is March 18th, 2019. Visit UCL for more information.