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Current PhD Projects

Once completing the MRes component of the course, the students then continue on to their three-year PhD. Below you'll find details of each individuals project which many have extensive support from industrial partners.

The EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Ultra Precision also has a number of PhD students doing their studies in this area of manufacturing. Further details of these can be found here.


 

Precise measurement and atomic scale investigation of the growth of short cracks under Corrosion-Fatigue conditions

The continual need for gas turbines to operate with higher efficiency has resulted in the demand for increase in operating temperature of components throughout the gas stream. A consequence of this is that components that were once considered ‘low-risk’ are becoming susceptible to high-temperature corrosion, stress-corrosion and corrosion-fatigue damage and, in some instances, failure.

Precise measurement and atomic scale investigation of the growth of short cracks under Corrosion-Fatigue conditions - Read More…

Precision metrology for large freeform non-specular surfaces

There is no standard method for measuring a metre–scale non-specular freeform surface in the ‘ultra-precise’ measurement regime. This project aims to produce a measurement system to enable ultra-precise measurement of these surfaces. The system involves a number of laser trackers to measure the position of a probe as it moves over a surface to be measured.

Precision metrology for large freeform non-specular surfaces - Read More…

Real-time metrology of micro-targets for high power laser systems operating at high repetition rates

Microtargets irradiated by high power lasers (HPL) enable experimental study of a wide range of objects and materials under extreme conditions, for example, ion production for potential future oncology techniques, laboratory astrophysics and ‘inertial fusion energy’.

Real-time metrology of micro-targets for high power laser systems operating at high repetition rates - Read More…

Smart Cellulose Photonic Materials

A collaboration between the Nanomanufacturing group (IfM) and Bio-inspired Photonics group (Melville Lab) sees Charlie working towards the production and application of biocompatible photonic materials.

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Spatial light modulators and its application in computer generated holograms

Holographic displays have attracted more and more attention in these days, and there is a huge market for relevant products. The research is focused on Optically Addressed Spatial Light Modulators (OASLMs), in comparison to Electrically Addressed Spatial Light Modulators (EASLMs).

Spatial light modulators and its application in computer generated holograms - Read More…

Study of calcium phosphate formation driven by the dissolution of a 45S5 bioactive glass

Here, we use and assess an in-situ liquid TEM cell aiming to increase understanding of a particular silicate glass alteration that results in solution-phase hydroxyapatite (HA) like material formation. 1-3

Study of calcium phosphate formation driven by the dissolution of a 45S5 bioactive glass - Read More…

The Application of Laser Assisted Cold Spray for Additive Manufacturing

Cold spray is a metallic powder deposition technique which has been traditionally used to create coatings on substrates to repair or enhance them. Recently cold spray has been introduced to the additive manufacturing sector, being used to fabricate and/or repair free standing components. The status quo is that machining is required after the deposition to obtain the desired form and texture.

The Application of Laser Assisted Cold Spray for Additive Manufacturing - Read More…

The hierarchical carbon nanotube structures for Li-Ion Batteries

This research project will investigate the design, fabrication, application, and testing of hierarchical carbon nanotube (CNT) structures. Advanced manufacturing processes will be employed to create these structures, including lithography techniques, chemical vapour deposition, and elastocapillary aggregation of vertically aligned CNT forests. Much of the work will focus on the modification of the resulting CNT structures for Lithium-ion battery electrodes.

The hierarchical carbon nanotube structures for Li-Ion Batteries - Read More…

The Influence of Environmental Exposures on the Precision of Temperature Measurements using Phosphorescent Thermometry.

Temperature profiling of components in thermal power plant is of increasing importance as engineers drive to increase firing temperatures and optimize engine efficiency. In order to increase efficiency and lower CO2 emissions, higher firing temperatures are required coupled with improved and optimised cooling patterns for any highly thermally loaded parts.

The Influence of Environmental Exposures on the Precision of Temperature Measurements using Phosphorescent Thermometry. - Read More…

Ultra precision hybrid laser-FIB platform

The integration of ultrafast lasers with metrology systems allows for closed-loop machining to occur. This allows for a sample of unknown properties to be taken inspected, machined, evaluated, and corrected in a single process which increase precision and reduces manufacturing time.

Ultra precision hybrid laser-FIB platform - Read More…

Continuing my long project ensured I was ready to hit the ground running when I transitioned from MRes to PhD. 

Clare Collins, PhD