Rolls-Royce sponsored PhD scholarship – Mechatronics system for intelligent
fixture systems for aeroengine related manufacturing processes
Tuesday, 30th November 2021
Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) in Manufacturing and On-Wing
Technology, The University of Nottingham.
Applicants are invited to undertake a 3 year PhD program 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 in Manufacturing and On-Wing Technology,
(www. nottingham.ac.uk/utc), Department of Mechanical, Material and
Manufacturing Engineering, Faculty of Engineering. The department has an
excellent international reputation for high quality theoretical and
experimental research funded by EPSRC, DTI, EU and manufacturing industry.
The main research area is Mechatronic systems design for intelligent
manufacturing in the aerospace industry. In this role, you will be at the
forefront of research that offers significant technological challenges and
innovations, with an aim to improve the quality in Mechatronics applications
within aerospace industry. As a result, this position offers the opportunity
for close collaboration with industrial partners in particular Rolls-Royce.
This project is related to the development of intelligent fixtures that able
to accumulate and handle information from the manufacturing processes to
enable compensation of workpiece distortions to with the following actions:
•Mechanical design and analysis (e.g. using FE software) of a fixturing
system to allow accurate positioning of a component with very strict
requirements of tolerances and for an intelligent adjustment during the
•Analysis of experimental and theoretical results to study the dynamic process
behaviour to detect the relevance of these influences with respect to
machining performance and workpiece quality.
•Developing the principles and theories for designing smart sensing to improve
the machining quality. We refer here not only to conventional sensing, e.g.
cutting forces, that are commonly integrated on the machine tools, but on
advanced (e.g. sound-based) solutions to allow for compensation of workpiece
distortions which occur during machining.
•Developing novel theoretically-inspired methodologies targeting sensor signal
processing to eliminate undesired noises presence in the signals as well as
making the signal strong through a preamplifier stage.
•Developing advanced control algorithms (e.g. artificial intelligence) that
will allow the fixtures to communicate internally as well as with the central
control system efficiently.
We are seeking talented candidates with:
•First or upper second class degree in
Mechatronics/Robotics/Mechanical/Computer Science or related scientific
•First rate analytical and numerical skills, with a well-rounded academic
•Demonstrated ability to develop precision Mechatronics system and algorithms.
•Ability to develop kinematic and/or dynamic analysis of Mechanical/Robotic
•Ability to implement control and kinematics with hardware-in-the–loop.
•Background with relevant packages, (MATLAB, SolidWorks/Creo, ROS/ OpenCV/
python, LabVIEW/C languages).
•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 Mechatronics 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.
Eligibility: Only UK Higher Education “Home Fee” status applicants and EU
residents satisfying the three-year residency requirement are eligible.
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.
Information for candidates ( pdf doc )