Engineering: Fully Funded MSc by Research Scholarship at Swansea: 3D Printed Structures
- Full cost of UK tuition fees, plus a stipend
- 5 April 2021
Engineering: Fully Funded M2A MSc by Research Scholarship: 3D Printed Structures for Particle Detectors
Start date: October 2021
Academic supervisor: Professor Davide Deganello
Industrial supervisor: Professor Ralf Kaiser FRSE (Professor of Physics at the University of Glasgow and Managing Director of Lynkeos Technology Ltd.)
Sponsoring company: Lynkeos Technology Ltd
Lynkeos Technology is a spin-off company from the University of Glasgow formed in 2016 following 7 years of research contracts funded by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. Lynkeos specialises in cosmic-ray muon tomography, using naturally occurring radiation to produce 3D images of the contents of shielded containers, e.g., nuclear waste containers. Since 2018 Lynkeos is operating the worldwide first muon imaging system for nuclear waste on the Sellafield site.
In 2019/20 Lynkeos Technology (Professor Ralf Kaiser) and Swansea University (Professor Davide Deganello) together were awarded EU funding under the ATTRACT scheme for their project, 3DSCINT – Commodification of Scintillator Detectors using 3D Printing Techniques. The MSc will further the research in this area focusing on the 3D printing technology aspects.
Integration of 3D printed structures with particle detector components and in particular, detectors using scintillating fibres, are a new area and one that has the potential to eventually make particle tracking detectors available as an off-the-shelf item.
This kind of commodification will extend the applications of particle detectors significantly – i.e. one could imagine such detectors to become planned tools for assessment of civil structures like bridges to monitor for any hidden internal deterioration affecting stability over time.
The aims of this MSc project are to study all aspects of 3D printed structures supporting the particle detectors components.
The candidate will have access to extensive 3D printing and mechanical testing facilities in Swansea University and to a new, large-scale 3D Printer that is currently being procured at the University of Glasgow, together with muon imaging infrastructure provided by Lynkeos Technology.
Market surveys show that mobile muon imaging systems will find many more applications than existing static systems. 3D printed structures are a key component of the low power, modular and portable detector systems that are required for mobile muon imaging. The outcomes from this thesis project will become part of this effort.
The Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A) in the College of Engineering is a Swansea University initiative which provides postgraduate research training in partnership with industry; providing access to world-class laboratories and a wealth of academic and industry expertise. The M2A is committed to providing top quality research opportunities within an inclusive environment, funded by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Swansea University and Industry partners.
Interwoven through the research study are business, technical and entrepreneurial courses, designed to support and prepare participants for a senior role in industry or academia, on completion of their studies. Research Engineers may participate in our career mentoring system, offering opportunity to engage with M2A alumni and other senior staff from across the University.
The Athena SWAN charter recognises work undertaken by institutions to advance gender equality. The College of Engineering is an Athena SWAN bronze award holder and is committee to addressing unequal gender representation. Applications from women are particularly welcomed.
We welcome applications from candidates with a degree (minimum level 2:1) in Mechanical or Materials Engineering, but will accept other physical sciences disciplines (Engineering, Physics, Chemistry), or equivalent relevant experience that would enable the candidate to fulfil the role.
An interest in 3D Printing technology would be desirable.
We would normally expect candidates to have met the University’s English Language requirements (e.g. IELTS 6.5 overall with 5.5+ in each component) by point of application.
Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is not open to ‘International’ candidates.
The scholarship covers the full cost of UK tuition fees, plus a tax free stipend of £12,500 for a period of one year.
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