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EPSRC Reference: EP/S000828/1
Title: From Industry 3.0 to Industry 4.0: Additive Manufacturability
Principal Investigator: Panwisawas, Dr C
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Project Partners:
Rolls-Royce Plc
Department: Materials
Organisation: University of Oxford
Scheme: EPSRC Fellowship - NHFP
Starts: 29 June 2018 Ends: 28 June 2021 Value (£): 388,202
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Manufacturing Machine & Plant Materials Characterisation
Materials Processing
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Manufacturing Aerospace, Defence and Marine
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Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
08 May 2018 EPSRC UKRI CL Innovation Fellowship Interview Panel 1 - 8 and 9 May 2018 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
Digital manufacturing is aligned well with the UK Industrial Strategy to become a more innovative-based economy and to support for commercialisation. Additive manufacturing (AM) - an upcoming and disruptive digital technology - is tractable for a wide range of applications ranging from biomedical to aerospace industrial sectors. With the technological benefits of manufacturing flexibility, consecutively adding material layer-by-layer enables sophisticated and complex parts to be additively manufactured with minimal waste, created timely and cost effectively. However, investment in basic scientific understanding of the AM process plays a major role in the successful adoption of the metallic AM in aerospace and biomedical applications. This will help the UK develop technical-level skills and trained people to progressing technologies from laboratory to commercial success. The project, therefore, fits the need of this priority area. The work concerns about the simulation of solid-liquid-vapour transition and relevant thermal fluid mechanics at the AM technological applications. The aim is to use computational modelling to design AM alloys and improve the AM processing through the optimisation of chemical constituents and process conditions, which will be backed up with through-process testings. Non-equilibrium databases for thermo-physical properties will be obtained for establishing processing-structure-property-performance relationship using theory, experiments and computation under the framework of integrated computational materials science. A science-based AM design rule is derived to maximise the use of raw materials with zero-waste and recyclable fashion, and to ensure the integrity of additive manufactured components for repair technology in aerospace usages. It is also anticipated that the effective use of AM technology in aerospace sector especially for repair and manufacturing purposes will lead to disruptive innovation in other innovative technologies such as medical applications.
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