Research Associate in Robotics for Novel Automated Fibre Steering Technology
Division/School School of Civil, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Contract type Open Ended
Working pattern Full time
Salary £33,199 - £37,345
Closing date for applications 16-Dec-2018
Based in the world leading research team in the Bristol Composites Institute (ACCIS) at the University of Bristol, this is an exciting research opportunity to join a strong team developing an innovative automated composites manufacturing technology.
This EPSRC project aims at developing an innovative fibre placement technology for manufacturing defect-free complex composite structures, by enabling the Continuous Tow Shearing (CTS) process on three-dimensional surfaces. This novel technology will have a capability of eliminating the fibre wrinkling defect in the process of steering the lay-up paths, which was inevitable for producing complex composite components and is the major limitation of the current automated fibre placement (AFP) technology.
The role holder will be working on integrating the current CTS material deposition head with an industrial robot and carrying out fibre steering tests to manufacture highly complex composite components. He or she will work with a Research Associate who develops the head control algorithm and a CAD-based robot programming tool but will mainly focus on validating the entire production process from the programming to manufacture and inspecting the steering quality.
The project is supported by Airbus, BAE Systems, National Composites Centre, and ABB robotics, which will provide an excellent opportunity for industrial engagement.
The ideal candidate will have preferably a PhD in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering with strong experience in material deformation characterisation of impregnated or unimpregnated composite preforms and material modelling and with some background on computer-aided design and finite element analysis. Experience in using industrial robots is advantageous.
This position is being offered on a full time, open-ended contract for up to 24 months, with a possible extension.
Informal enquiries can be made to: Dr BC Eric Kim (B.C.Eric.Kim@bristol.ac.uk)
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