CFD Modelling of Metal Powder Production

Project description

The advent of 3D printing with metal powders has opened up a new era in manufacturing technology and is driving demand for fine, highly spherical metal powders. This project is part of the ‘EPSRC Future Manufacturing Hub in Manufacture using Advanced Powder Processes’ (MAPP), a £20M collaboration between the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield, Oxford, Manchester and Imperial College, together with 17 industrial partners and 7 high value manufacturing Catapult centres.

We are seeking to recruit a PhD student to investigate the production of metal powders by gas atomisation and drop-tube processing. You will be responsible the application and further development of an existing computational fluid dynamics model for the 2-phase interaction between the molten metal and the supersonic gas jets used in metal atomisation. Working closely with a number of industrial partners you will also collate data from various atomization trials on both research and production scale systems in order to validate the CFD model and develop models to describe the powder size distribution.

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with a degree equivalent to a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1), and/or a Master's degree in a relevant engineering or science degree such as (but not limited to) Materials Science, Physics, Chemical or Mechanical engineering.

How to apply

Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the university's website. Please state clearly in the research information section that the PhD you wish to be considered for is 'CFD Modelling of Metal Powder Production’ as well as Professor Andrew Mullis as your proposed supervisor.

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements.

We welcome scholarship applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.

If you require any further information please contact the Graduate School Office
e: phd@engineering.leeds.ac.uk, t: +44 (0)113 343 8000.