3D Printing of Functionally Graded Complex Composites, University of Hull, Uk

University of Hull


February 29, 2016


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3D Printing of Functionally Graded Complex Composites

The University of Hull is currently investing significant resources into strengthening its research capabilities in 3D printing through the creation of a 3D printing research cluster.

The cluster combines the expertise of chemists, engineers and physicists to create novel materials through rational design. Specifically, we are interested in the typically mutually exclusive properties of strength and toughness and how natural biocomposites like bone or nacre combine brittle and ductile components in a synergistic manner to create strong, yet tough materials.

By borrowing such lessons from nature, we aim to create complex composites with high strength, toughness and damage tolerance. The project advertised is directly involved in this research cluster and will be of multidisciplinary nature, whereby the student will work in a vibrant research environment, receiving training in materials engineering while collaborating with other cluster members on 3D printing.

A PhD student with an engineering background is sought to develop enhanced methods of additive manufacturing for composite materials. The ultimate aim is to produce a new generation of 3D printing technology and associated methodology capable of manufacturing high value functional components using application specific tailor-made composite materials.

Working closely with other scientists in the group and academic supervisors, the successful candidate will investigate novel applications and help define a future research agenda for this new technology and materials.


Nathaniel Brown, Head of Mechanical Engineering, n.j.brown@hull.ac.uk, +44 (0)1482 466076

Professor Ken A Hawick, Head of Computer Science, K.A.Hawick@hull.ac.uk, +44 (0)1482 465181

Dr Chris D Walton, Lecturer in Physics, c.d.walton@hull.ac.uk+44 (0)1482 465203

Research options:

PhD: 4 years full-time


The successful candidate will have their tuition fees and basic living costs, totalling around £18,000 per year, funded throughout the PhD programme dependent on satisfactory progress.

The Postgraduate Training Scheme

PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.


To celebrate the University's research successes, the University of Hull is offering one full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarship or International Fees Bursary for a candidate applying for this project.

Entry requirements

To be considered for this scholarship you will require an undergraduate degree with at least a 2.1, or equivalent in a relevant subject.

Studentships will start on 26 September, 2016. Successful applicants will be informed of the award as soon as possible and by 30 April 2016, at the latest.

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