Using holographic laser beams to improve additive manufacturing metallurgy PhD

Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Entry requirements:
4 years
Not available
Reference number:
Start date:
27 November 2017
Is funding available?
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
17 November 2017



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Project detail

Conventional round laser beams of symmetric energy distributions are recognised as a fundamental contributor to the issues surrounding the quality of additively manufactured components. The use of custom re-profiling with computer generated diffractive optical elements (DOEs) enables the modification of beam irradiance profiles with the purpose of creating deposits with improved material properties and physical characteristics.

This PhD project will involve collaborative work and supervision with the industrial partners Renishaw plc to develop new understanding of metal depositions and optical control for advanced powder bed additive manufacturing technologies. The work will include studying the 3D temperature distribution, fluid flow and cooling rates in materials produced by custom DOEs. Physical and microstructural property improvements from such an approach will be investigated.

There will be opportunities to attend academic conferences, industrial visits for collaboration and other training courses to develop a wide variety of technical and transferrable skills throughout the project. 


Primary supervisor: Professor John Tyrer

Secondary supervisors: Dr Lewis Jones, Dr Rebecca Higginson

Find out more

For further project details email Professor John Tyrer or register your interest and ask us a question.

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve:

  • at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical or Materials Engineering or a related subject
  • a relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: Metallurgy, Laser Materials Processing, or Mechanical Engineering

Fees and funding


This is a fully funded PhD studentship, which will start in January 2018 and run for four years and includes:

  • a tax-free *stipend of £14,553 per annum for 4 years 
  • tuition fees at the UK/EU rate, for up to 4 years
  • £3000 per annum Industrial top up

*The stipend will increase in line with EPSRC recommended rates.

Due to funding restrictions, this is only available to those who are eligible to pay UK/EU fees. In order to qualify for a full award, all applicants must meet the EPSRC eligibility criteria, including the minimum UK residency requirement, details can be found here

How to apply

All applications should be made online. 

Please quote the reference JT05102017 on all correspondence and especially on the application form.

Please ensure that you select ‘Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering’ under ‘Programme Name’ on the application form.

Application details

Reference number: JT05102017
Application deadline: 17 November 2017
Interview date: 27 November 2017
Start date: 01 January 2018