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Cranfield University and Heraeus Noblelight
Innovative Heating Technologies for Composites Manufacture
4 year Engineering Doctorate Position with Cranfield University and Heraeus Noblelight, Cambridge, UK
Application Deadline: 31st January 2018
Start Date: asap
Eligibility: UK, EU
Duration of Award: 4 years
Academic Supervisor: Dr Alex Skordos – Cranfield University
Industrial Supervisor: Dr DavidWilliams – Heraeus Noblelight
Studentship: £20,000 (tax free) per year plus fees
Sponsors: Industrial Doctorate Centre (IDC) in Composites Manufacture, Heraeus Noblelight
Composite materials are used in many industries, including aerospace and automotive, due to their
advantageous material properties. The manufacturing processes used to make the composite components
found in cars, aircraft all use heating technologies to melt, soften or cure the constituent materials. There
is a on-going need to increase the speed and quality of thes e processes, in order to satisfy growing
demand in each industry, but current trial-and-error heating methods leave little opportunity for rapid and
significant improvement. Therefore, a deeper understanding is required of the heating performance of the
materials involved, combined with a knowledge of which heating technology is best for each process.
Heraeus Noblelight has invented a breakthrough heating technology based on their Xenon Flashlamp
energy source, which is capable of providing pulsed, broadband energy for the processing of composites.
This innovative technology has the potential of lowering manufacturing costs and increasing production
rates in a range of composites manufacturing processes, and may even allow composites to expand into
components and applications outside the current feasibility envelope.
This EngD project targets the development, optimisation and industrial integration of the Heraeus heating
technology in processes such as Automated Fibre Placement, Filament Winding and Thermoforming. The
work will involve the investigation of the underlying physics of the interaction of pulsed Flashlamp energy
with composite materials, the development of predictive models of the processes involved, the design and
implementation of laboratory trials and characterisation experiments, and the optimisation of processing
conditions for different applications.
In addition to the research activities, the student will be involved in all stages of product development,
including design reviews and end-user trials in the UK and around the world. This project will give the
student the opportunity to be part of a vibrant, highly innovative research group and to publish their
research in academic journals and at leading international conferences.
The project will be based at Heraeus Noblelight on the Cambridge Science Park. The student will spend
75% of their time in Cambridge on the industry-led research project, with the remaining time allocated to
attending specialist taught units at the National Composites Centre in Bristol. The candidate will be
registered as an EngD student at Cranfield University.
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Entry requirements: Applicants should have a first or second class UK honours degree or equivalent in a
related discipline, such as Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry or Chemical