Numerical modelling of cold recycling of sheet metals PhD

Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Entry requirements:
2:1 +
Not available
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UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Application deadline:
13 September 2018



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Project detail

This research focuses on assessment of cold recyclability of sheet metal products using numerical simulation and Finite Element simulation along with experimentation. It is intended to study sheet metal processes to address re-formability of the material and assess the possibility of cold re-

manufacturing avoiding the melting process in basic recycling as melting metals requires substantial amount of energy. This research will investigate the possibility of avoiding melting and improve cost, time and energy efficiency of metal recycling.

This analysis system works downstream the FEA and acts as a post processing mean that focuses on the re-formability and re-manufactureability of the material. The heart of this system is the series of calculations based on the residual formability technique which is studied and developed in this research.


Primary supervisor: Dr Emrah Demirci

Secondary supervisor: Prof Vadim V Silberschmidt

Find out more

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


Javad Falsafi, Emrah Demirci, Vadim V. Silberschmidt, Computational assessment of residual formability in sheet metal forming processes for sustainable recycling, International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, Volume 119, 2016, Pages 187-196, ISSN 0020-7403 

Javad Falsafi, Emrah Demirci, Micro-indentation based study on steel sheet degradation through forming and flattening: Toward a predictive model to assess cold recyclability, Materials & Design, Volume 109, 2016, Pages 456-465, ISSN 0264-1275

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering.

A relevant master's degree and / or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: computational solid mechanics, metal forming and nonlinear finite element analysis. 

All students must also meet the minimum English Language requirements.

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.

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name select Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Please quote reference number: ED12092017