Offer: PhD in X-ray Imaging for High-Volume Manufacturing:
Qualification Type: PhD
X-ray imaging (X-ray computed tomography, XCT) is used across manufacturing such as aerospace and automotive to identify defects in industrial components and measurement. The technique can provide rich information on internal geometries that are otherwise inaccessible which is its greatest allure, particularly with additive manufacture. But the scanning process can take 30 minutes to a number of hours depending on the part meaning it is only appropriate for high-value low-volume applications.
The only way to increase acquisition speed is to acquire less data - does this necessarily mean lower accuracy and repeatcapability of dimensional measurement? If so, the result could be catastrophic such as missing a critical flaw in a battery cell! This could be overcome with careful use of novel image reconstruction that can exploit low quality x-ray projections. Quantifying these impacts will be crucial to driving a step change in the use of XCT, for use in high-volume manufacturing.
The studentship is located in the CiMAT group at WMG, University of Warwick. The team is interdisciplinary with a focus on measurement applied to a number of fields; from aerospace and energy, to forensics and museums. During your studies you will also be supervised by global imaging company Zeiss Microscopy to help accelerate adoption of techniques developed in the PhD.
This PhD will be a blend of experimental and computational. Largely you will work with established software packages and toolkits which you will receive training, but candidates are expected to demonstrate an interest in coding and practice in MATLAB, Python or similar.
Dr Jay Warnett and Professor Mark Williams
ESSENTIAL AND DESIRABLE CRITERIA
The project is appropriate for physics, computer science, engineering, or mathematics graduates with strong computational expertise.
candidates should have a have a minimum 2.1 undergraduate (BEng, MEng, BSc) and/or postgraduate masters' qualification (MSc) with 65% or above in a significant science and technology field: computer science, engineering, physics or mathematics.
Funding Source - Warwick Impact Fund, Zeiss Microscopy
Duration - 3.5 years
Stipend - Standard Research Council Maintenance Award: £15,285
Sponsor - Zeiss Microscopy
Background - The project is appropriate for physics, computer science, engineering, or mathematics graduates with strong computational expertise.