Available EngD Projects

Heraeus

Enhanced Heating Strategies for Composites Manufacture

Heraeus UoB

This project represents a very exciting opportunity for a Research Engineer to join a company at the forefront of technology development in composite materials and manufacture, helping to develop new, innovative products for a variety of interesting applications. The project will be based at Heraeus Noblelight on the Cambridge Science Park, where the Research Engineer will join a team of industry experts in the field of heating systems for composites manufacture.

The project will be focused on optimizing heating strategies for composites manufacture. Current heating systems, including infrared lamps, hot gas torches and lasers, are not optimized for composites manufacturing processes such as Automated Fibre Placement, Filament Winding and Thermoforming. This project will provide the theoretical and experimental basis for developing the most appropriate heating strategy for each process.

Heraeus Noblelight has invented and developed a breakthrough heating system based on their Xenon flashlamp technology. This system is capable of providing pulsed, broadband energy for the heating of composites in a range of manufacturing processes and has been shown to have significant benefits over existing heating sources. The technology has been developed over 5 years in collaboration with the National Composites Centre in Bristol and is now breaking into the composites market. The project will concentrate on understanding and comparing this new technology with existing heat sources, and guiding the further development of the Xenon flashlamp heating system.

To achieve these goals, the Research Engineer will require a combination of theoretical and practical skills. They will undertake a detailed study of the available heating technologies for a range of composites manufacturing processes and build an understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of each one. This may involve designing and implementing physical laboratory experiments, creating analytical and numerical models to describe the processes involved, testing and evaluating composite materials and developing an in-depth knowledge of the complex physics-based principles underlying the processes. In addition to the research-based activities, the Research Engineer will be expected to contribute fully to a skilled and highly motivated team of experts, taking part in customer trials, design review and dissemination activities.

The successful applicant will be a UK/home student with a 2.1 or higher degree in computer science, applied mathematics or engineering. Prior experience in FE analysis would be an advantage. Further details about the EngD programme and the taught component can be found on The EngD Programme page.

Industrial sponsor: Heraeus Noblelight Limited (http://www.heraeus.com) Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 0GQ, United Kingdom
Academic institution providing supervision: University of Bristol
Closing date for applications: Applications are considered as soon as they are received, and the position will be allocated as soon as a suitable candidate is found.
Stipend: £20k p.a. for four years
Project starting date: ASAP

Scott Bader

Advanced Resin & Composites Application Development

Scott Bader and UoB

Scott Bader Co Ltd. is actively researching new polymers for fibre reinforced composite applications. Two areas of current interest are:

  • Processing – supporting the industry needs to reduce production cycle times and developing new resins for use in processes other than the typical infusion and Resin Transfer Moulding (RTM), commonly employed with Scott Bader resins.
  • Health and sustainability – developing resins with reduced atmospheric emissions during processing, reduced hazards during use, improved capability for end-of-life product recycling, reduced reliance on oil derived raw materials and reduced whole-life environmental impact of composite materials.

Each topic is at a stage that much of the fundamental polymer development is already understood through existing projects within Scott Bader. Consequently application development is needed, with respect to performance and processing, forming the basis of a portfolio of related projects for the Engineering Doctorate researcher. Dedicated resource from the R&D Polymer development team is available at Scott Bader’s headquarters in the UK where purpose-built technical facilities provide R&D as well as complete evaluation, testing and application support. www.scottbader.com.

Industrial sponsor: Scott Bader Ltd (http://nccuk.com/), Wollaston, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire NN29 7RL
Academic institution providing supervision: University of Bristol
Closing date for applications: Applications are considered as soon as they are received, and the position will be allocated as soon as a suitable candidate is found.
Stipend: £20k p.a. for four years
Project starting date: ASAP

ROLLS-ROYCE PLC

The behaviour, simulation and control of composite laminate deformation during component moulding under semi-rigid and matched mould tooling

Rolls-Royce - UoB

In order to develop a robust and well optimised manufacturing process that can both accommodate material and manufacturing variation and can be scaled to a range of component types and scales, it is highly desirable to be able to accurately and efficiently simulate the range of material deformation and flow processes that occur during composite de-bulking/forming and moulding processes.

Study will include simulation and validation preform/tool interaction when moulding under semi-rigid and rigid press tooling. It is expected to make use of highly instrumented processing equipment to both validate models and to inform the process/tooling design and controls/instrumentation needed to create reliable and repeatable component mouldings.

All EngD students are supervised by an academic and an industrial supervisor and are registered at the University of their academic supervisor.

Rolls-Royce is a Power Systems company: for more than a hundred years Rolls-Royce have been providing power for aircraft, ships and land applications. Their vision is to provide “better power for a changing world”. Better, because their customers need their systems to become more efficient all the time as they respond to the growing demand for all types of power in a fast changing world.

Rolls-Royce are best known for their aero engines, that power many of the world’s most advanced passenger jets, like the new Airbus A350 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. But, there is much more to the company than that. Rolls-Royce also produce low–emission power systems for ships, some of which are designed by Rolls-Royce. They power a wide array of land vehicles: ranging from trains to combine harvesters, and build engines that can generate electricity.

Industrial sponsor: Rolls-Royce Plc (http://www.rolls-royce.com/)

Academic institution providing supervision: University of Bristol
Closing date for applications: Applications are considered as soon as they are received, and the position will be allocated as soon as a suitable candidate is found.
Stipend: £20k p.a. for four years
Project starting date: ASAP

ROLLS-ROYCE PLC

Exploring and understanding the role of material, manufacturing process and fibre architecture on impact containment efficiency for composite containment systems

Rolls-Royce - UoB

Study concerns composite materials, methods of manufacture and fibre architecture for the containment of impact threats across a range of engine sizes.  A comparison of impact capabilities and behaviour and other key attributes including: cost, weight and producibility, will be made.

The study will be based on representative sub-component feature impact tests and their simulation. It should also datamine publically available information for other attributes/considerations and data from subject-matter experts in Rolls-Royce. The composite options available will be compared to best metallic offerings as a benchmark.

All EngD students are supervised by an academic and an industrial supervisor and are registered at the University of their academic supervisor.

Rolls-Royce is a Power Systems company: for more than a hundred years Rolls-Royce have been providing power for aircraft, ships and land applications. Their vision is to provide “better power for a changing world”. Better, because their customers need their systems to become more efficient all the time as they respond to the growing demand for all types of power in a fast changing world.

Rolls-Royce are best known for their aero engines, that power many of the world’s most advanced passenger jets, like the new Airbus A350 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. But, there is much more to the company than that. Rolls-Royce also produce low–emission power systems for ships, some of which are designed by Rolls-Royce. They power a wide array of land vehicles: ranging from trains to combine harvesters, and build engines that can generate electricity.

Industrial sponsor: Rolls-Royce Plc (http://www.rolls-royce.com/)

Academic institution providing supervision: University of Bristol
Closing date for applications: Applications are considered as soon as they are received, and the position will be allocated as soon as a suitable candidate is found.
Stipend: £20k p.a. for four years
Project starting date: ASAP