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This PhD is part of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in "Materials for Demanding Environments" [CDT in M4DE], is sponsored by BP plc through the International Centre for Advanced Materials (ICAM) and will commence October 2017.
Additive manufacturing (AM) is a growing area of research for a number of industries. However, the oil and gas manufacturing sector has been performing additive manufacturing since the 1960s with the advent of weld overlaying and cladding techniques. Wire and arc AM (shape welding) approaches are demonstrably one of the most cost-effective techniques for free form fabrication of high surface area to volume components. Cold Metal Transfer (CMT), an advanced Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) process, has been identified as being one of the more recent promising techniques for cladding of corrosion-resistant overlays for both the nuclear and oil & gas sectors. This is because of the very low heat inputs which reduces dissolution of cladding material into the parent and decreases residual stresses significantly.
This project is aimed at identifying applications and developing demonstrator cases in the petrochemical value chain which could benefit from rapid manufacturing/repair via wire and arc based techniques. Employing a recently commissioned high speed, 6-axis robotic twin-wire CMT system, the primary focus will be on determining processing parameters for high value alloys. This will specifically cover comparative metallurgy, computational modelling and testing; relating processing inputs to mechanical performance. This project will both allow appreciable cost savings to employ this process for both manufacture and repair as well as develop fundamental processing information for cutting-edge cladding applications.
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ICAM also has involvement with a number of Centres for Doctoral Training. Students taking part in these programmes undertake a taught year before progressing to an industry-set PhD research project.
More information on these courses can be found below: