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PhD Opportunity - University of Nottingham

Graduate at MTC - Manufacturing Technology Centre

PhD Opportunity - University of Nottingham

Graduate at MTC - Manufacturing Technology Centre

  • LocationCoventry, UK
  • Position levelGraduate
  • Job period iconFull-time employment
  • Application deadline iconApply by 01 Feb, 2019
  • Application deadline iconPosted on 01 Nov, 2018
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  • Visa iconVisa Sponsor
  • CompetitiveCompetitive

Imaging confocal microscopy (ICM) is increasingly being applied for surface texture measurement of advanced manufactured components, including those for additive manufacturing. For ICM to be applied in quality control scenarios, its capabilities need to be quantified through calibration. ISO committee 213 is developing specification standards for calibration, but these do not include effects that are due by structures that cause scattering outside the aperture acceptance angle, e.g. high slope structures on additive surfaces. The student will investigate the application of a recently-developed rigorous theory to calibration of ICM which can be applied with any surface structure. This will involve the development of a “virtual ICM” which can then be verified experimentally with a number of surfaces and surface features. An uncertainty model for ICM will be developed along with methods to correct for systematic errors, therefore, improving the response of ICM.

The majority of the work will be completed at the University of Nottingham, but a part of the work will also take place at the MTC, where the research focus will be the practical realisation of the metrological characteristics, which will be influenced by the MTC and its main research interests.

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