Additive manufacturing and ceramic 3D printing & sintering for investment casting application PhD

Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Entry requirements:
4 years
not available
Reference number:
Start date:
01 October 2018
Is funding available?
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
09 March 2018



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Project detail

The PhD scholarship is part of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Additive Manufacturing in collaboration with the University of Nottingham, University of Liverpool, Loughborough and Newcastle University.

The studentship starts with a 1 year expert training programme in Additive Manufacturing where the students will be based at the University of Nottingham. The following 3 years will based at Loughborough University where the PhD research program will be carried out.

 The focus of this project is on ceramic 3D printing for high temperature applications in the investment casting process.

The investment casting (lost wax casting) process is the most common process used to produce blades and vanes for power generator gas turbines.

Most of the blades and vanes have internal cooling airways, which often is produced during the casting process by inserting a ceramic core inside the casting civility. These ceramic cores (parts) have two main properties: 1- Heat and thermal shock resistance in 1000C to 1500C; 2- Accurate dimensions and fine surface finish. Read more about selecting the appropriate ceramic core for investment casting applications here.

These ceramic parts are traditionally made in an injection process, followed by sintering operation

However, this process is very expensive and time consuming for low volume orders and prototypes (in design or development phases). Therefore, the aim of this project is to design an additive manufacturing process for such applications. 

The industrial partner on this project is a French lost-wax casting company, with a worldwide reputation in industrial gas turbine industry for manufacturing hot section parts. 


Primary supervisor:  Dr Ehsan Sabet

Secondary supervisor:  TBC

Find out more

For further project details email Dr Ehsan Sabet or register your interest and ask us a question.

General information about the CDT in Additive Manufacturing can be found online.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in Engineering, material science or a related subject.

A background in additive manufacturing is not essential as training will be provided through the CDT. Applicants must have strong material science (ceramic material) or mechanical engineering (or related engineering) backgrounds. Experience in manufacturing environments is an advantage.

Part of the research (in the second and third year of the programme) may be done at the company’s base, and thus flexibility to travel and stay in France, and French language skill is highly desirable.

Applicants must meet the minimum English Language requirements, details available on the website.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

Please note that this studentship will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to this project and/or job advert ref: AMCDT_InvestCast1 & AMCDT__SABET_Bio01 which have been prioritised for funding.

If awarded, this 4 year studentship will provide a provisional tax-free stipend of £14,786 p.a, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. Please be advised that due to funding restrictions, the studentship is only available to students eligible for UK/EU fees.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name, select 'Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing'

Please quote reference number: AMCDT_InvestCast2

Application details

Reference number: AMCDT_InvestCast2
Application deadline: 09 March 2018
Start date: 01 October 2018
Interview date: 15 March 2018