Looking for a fulfilling role working to develop the next generation of advanced powder processes? MAPP is recruiting for a number of posts at locations across the country:

A novel Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) process for polymers,  University of Sheffield,  Department of Mechanical Engineering

This PhD will focus on the development of a novel approach for powdered-polymer AM, centred around the use of a high-density parallel array of individually-addressable semiconductor lasers with wavelengths matched to the peak absorption of the powder being processed. Building on successful trials of this approach for metals, you will work to understand the intricacies of using this method for polymer materials, and identifying the boundaries of this approach. You will then go on to optimise the process to obtain the highest quality parts from a range of materials. 

The application deadline is Saturday, June 30, 2018. Visit findaphd.com for more information.

Development of advanced high modulus steels for automotive applications (Advanced Metallic Systems CDT Project)

Although there has been much activity in the automotive sector in the area of advanced high strength steels (AHSS), with the objective of achieving high strength while exhibiting high stretch formability, there is a new generation of steels under consideration for automotive applications. These steels are predicated on achieving weight reduction while exhibiting a high modulus of elasticity as part of the design criteria, and such steels are referred to as high modulus steels (HMS). This project aims to develop high modulus, high ductility steels with a reduced density that can be produced at an industrial scale. This is with the ultimate aim of opening up the lightweight design window to increase performance and efficiency of transport systems. One potential route to achieving this combination of properties is to create a composite microstructure by combining light and stiff particles with a strong a ductile metallic matrix. This research programme will examine potential in-situ composite systems based on TiB2, NbB2 and/or VB2 particles utilising conventional liquid casting methods in addition to powder production/consolidation methods. 

A clear objective of the research is to establish the feasibility for the use of HMS in automotive components. This will be achieved by adopting a parallel processing approach 1. Produced using vacuum induction melting followed by thermomechanical processing (TMP), and 2. Produced using field assisted sintering technology (FAST) coupled with single stage TMP. All facilities for this testing will be performed in Sheffield as part of the Henry Royce Institute (HRI). Quantitative characterisation of the microstructures as a function of the various processing stages will be conducted for the HMS produced by both processing routes, in addition to full mechanical testing (tensile, impact) of the HMS as compared with the monolithic base steel composition properties. 

The project aligns with the large-scale manufacturing and characterisation equipment earmarked for the Henry Royce Institute and objectives of the EPSRC Future Manufacturing Hub MAPP (Manufacture using Advanced Powder Processes). It will be carried out in collaboration with Volkswagen. 

The Advanced Metallic Systems CDT is a 4-year programme hosted jointly by the universities of Manchester and Sheffield building on their complementary expertise and international reputations in materials science and engineering research.

The application deadline is Saturday, June 30, 2018. Visit findaphd.com for more information.