Rolls-Royce sponsored PhD scholarship – Design and simulation of stiffness-
adjustable robotic systems for performing on-wing repair of aero-engines
Tuesday, 30th November 2021
Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) in manufacturing and On-Wing
Applicants are invited to undertake a 3 year PhD programme in partnership with
industry to address key challenges in on-platform manufacturing engineering.
The successful candidate will be based at The Rolls-Royce University
Technology Centre (UTC) in Manufacturing and On-Wing Technology at
University of Nottingham.
This project is in relation to the technical needs of Rolls-Royce to develop
automatic and hybrid tooling solutions to enable in-situ/on-wing repair and
maintenance of gas turbine engines.
At the Rolls-Royce UTC at University of Nottingham we have developed robotic
systems capable to navigate into crammed/hazardous environments, and perform
inspection and active operations such as machining. This is driven by the need
to complete repair tasks without disassembly of industrial installations.
Both systems can be coupled to result into hybrid robots having ability to
both walk/navigate and then perform tasks with end-effectors attached to both
hexapod and continuum arm sub-systems, as shown in the link below:
At the Rolls-Royce UTC we have developed a unique capability to design, model
and realise our own robotic systems to perform tasks within restrictive
This project builds on these research/industrial successes and proposes
control solutions for automated robotic systems capable to be teleoperated
using smart human-machine interfaces.
This is an exciting PhD project that has a combination of academic and
industrial challenges which will enhance the student's ability to tackle
complex intellectual and practical aspects of mechatronics/control and
We are seeking talented candidates with:
•First or upper second class degree in
mechanical/mechatronics/robotics/cybernetics or related scientific discipline.
•First rate analytical and numerical skills, with a well-rounded academic
•Demonstrated ability to develop precision mechanical devices/mechatronics
•Ability to develop kinematic and/or dynamic analysis of mechanical/robotic
•Ability to use finite element modelling and to simulate of complex
•Ability to implement control and kinematics with hardware-in-the–loop
•Background with relevant packages, (CREO/SOLIDWORKS, ANSYS/ABAQUS, MATLAB)
•A driven, professional and self-dependent work attitude is essential
•Experience of working within industry will be an advantage
•The ability to produce high quality presentations and written reports
This is an excellent opportunity to work on a novel robotic system with strong
links to industrial applications and key skills and knowledge in preparation
for a high-impact, high-technology research or industrial career.
The scholarship on offer comprises a tax-free stipend of over £15,000 a year;
tuition fees paid and a generous study package.
Interested in this studentships? To find if you are a suitable and
eligible candidate contact Prof Dragos Axinte. Do not submit your application
via the My Nottingham platform without having contacted our team first.
Please contact the UTC director, Prof Dragos Axinte, for further information.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 011595 14117
Information for candidates ( pdf doc )