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About the Award
The University of Exeter’s College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, in partnership with Bond High Performance 3D Technology, is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to commence July 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.
Applicants for this studentship must have obtained a Bachelor UK Honours degree at 60% or higher, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of science or technology. The studentship does not require a Master degree.
For eligible students the studentship will cover UK/EU tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £14,553 for 3.5 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study. The student would be based in the Centre for Additive Manufacturing (CALM) Business Technology Centre (BTC) within the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the Streatham Campus in Exeter, UK. Throughout her/his PhD, the successful candidate is expected to spend time at Bond High Performance.
Bond High Performance is a fast growing, young and entrepreneurial company based in Netherlands developing an Free Form Fabrication (FFF) printer for printing high performance polymers such as Poly Ether Ether Ketone (PEEK) and liquid crystal thermosetting material (LCT).
Engineering, Streatham Campus, Exeter, UK
Professor Oana Ghita University of Exeter, UK
Richard Davies, University of Exeter, UK
Additive manufacturing (AM) technologies are known for their ability to produce complex freeform shapes, individually customised parts with enhanced functionalities or integrated components with significant reduction in material waste. Until recently, the FFF technologies were still seen as lab-scale, prototyping tools, lacking the ability to operate with high temperature performance polymers or the robustness and reliability to deliver as manufacturing systems. This landscape is due to change as new FFF technologies and materials are being developed.
The project is looking to investigate polymer behaviour and performance of PEEK polymers as part of a novel, ultra-performance FFF manufacturing system built by Bond High Performance. The PhD programme will focus on understanding the polymer behaviour from molecular scale to macro-scale performance throughout the new manufacturing process. Aspects such as crystal structure, size, amorphous and crystalline behaviour, layer-to-layer bonding, degradation effects, mechanical performance and design considerations will form part of the PhD study,
The successful candidate will have a background in material science and good general engineering skills. The successful PhD student will be required to interact closely with the company through regular meetings, presentations and technical discussions and to spend time at the company.
This award provides annual funding to cover UK/EU tuition fees and a tax-free stipend. For students who pay UK/EU tuition fees the award will cover the tuition fees in full, plus at least £14,553 per year tax-free stipend. Students who pay international tuition fees are eligible to apply, but should note that the award will only provide payment for part of the international tuition fee and no stipend.
The studentship will be awarded on the basis of merit for 3.5 years of full-time study to commence as soon as possible, preferably any time between July and September 2018.
Applicants for this studentship must have obtained a Bachelor UK Honours degree at 60% or higher, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of science or technology.
If English is not your first language you will need to have achieved at least 7.0 in IELTS and no less than 6.0 in any section by the start of the project. Alternative tests may be acceptable (see http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/english/).
How to apply
In the application process you will be asked to upload several documents.
If you have any general enquiries about the application process please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +44 (0)1392 722730. Project-specific queries should be directed to the main supervisor Prof Oana Ghita, email@example.com.Continue reading
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