Ultraprecision machining in Silicon Carbide PhD
- Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
- Entry requirements:
- 3 years
- 6 years
- Reference number:
- Start date:
- 01 October 2018
- UK/EU fees:
- International fees:
- Application deadline:
- 09 March 2018
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Silicon carbide is of great importance as a structural ceramic as it is amongst the hardest materials known. Machining silicon carbide parts into the required shape and form for a given application is extremely difficult, yielding unwanted defects. This issue is further exacerbated when manufacturing small scaled components such as in IC components and MEMS devices.
Thorough understanding of the machining process in the micro-scale becomes important in determining machining induced residual stress in the component and its effect on fatigue life.
In this project, we plan to conduct extensive small-scaled experimental studies in micro-scratching and micro-milling in single crystal silicon carbide. This will be followed by modelling the machining process using advanced numerical codes in a parallel computing framework – with the ultimate goal of obtaining an accurate and efficient computational framework that can be used to optimise the machining process in these materials.
Primary supervisor: Dr Anish Roy
Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in mechanical, aerospace, civil engineering, physics or a related subject.
A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: machining science, design, mechanical engineering.
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: AR2UF2018