EUT-DC1: Additive Manufacturing

Supervisors: Prof. Mark Easton (RMIT) and Dr. Jordi Pijuan (EUT) and Lecturer Prof. Maria Niubo (UPC) 

Project 1: Advanced Recyclable Aluminium Alloys for Additive Manufacturing

The focus of this project is on the development of novel Al-based alloys for powder based additive manufacturing. Investigate the processing and properties of high performance alumininum-based alloys with higher impurity contents that can be obtained from recycled feedstock. Previous work in casting has shown that some impurity elements such as Fe (and Ni) can reduce the prevalence of hot tearing during solidification. These elements can deteriorate some of the properties in conventional manufacturing but the near rapid solidification in additive manufacturing leading to a refined microstructure appears to mitigate these problems.

 

Project 2: Aluminium alloy powders with tailored chemical composition for Additive Manufacturing

Metal additive manufacturing technologies need to heat up the melt pool to temperature values that are often higher than the evaporation temperature of some alloying elements, as Mg and Zn, which are common in Al alloys. This changes in alloying elements composition affects in the final microstructure have an impact on the mechanical properties of the material. The aim of this project is to develop metal powders with tailored chemical composition and investigate additive manufacturing process parameters to obtain the required chemical composition of the final part.

 

Project 3: Atomization of Aluminium Alloy Powders forAdditive Manufacturing

In metal additive manufacturing, high quality metal powders are required to obtain final parts with no defects. Metal powder feedstock properties, as particle size distribution, powder morphology, entrapped gas in metal powder or impurities affects at the additive manufacturing process and the resulting final part. The aim of this project is to investigate metal powder atomization process parameters and develop new atomization strategies for aluminium alloys powders to fulfil the high quality standards of additive manufacturing.

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Reference

EUT-DC1

Research Areas

Advanced manufacturing and mechatronics, Applied science

Research Host

EURECAT Centre Tecnològic de Catalunya, Spain

PhD awarding institution/s

Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and RMIT University

Location

Spain

Status

Open Position

RMIT University

Other Positions

Supervisors

Associate Prof. Andrey Molotnikov (RMIT), Professor Dr.-Ing. Thomas Niendorf (UoK), Philipp Krooss (UoK) and Dr. Markus Weinmann (UoK)

PhD awarding institution/s

University of Kassel (UoK) and RMIT University

Location

Germany

Status

Open Position

Supervisors

Prof. Jenny Zhang (RMIT) and Prof. Jose Antonio Vilar-Fernandez (UDC) and José Luis González Leal (Navantia) and Prof. Amparo Alonso-Betanzos (UDC) and Prof. Vicente Díaz-Casas (UDC) and Prof. Marcos Miguez González (UDC)

PhD awarding institution/s

University of A Coruña (UDC) and RMIT University

Location

Spain

Status

Open Position

Supervisors

Prof. Anne-Laure Mention (RMIT) and Associate Prof. Carsten Nico Hjortso (UPCH) and Dr. Marie Smed (UPCH)

PhD awarding institution/s

University of Copenhagen (UCPH) and RMIT University

Location

Denmark

Status

Open Position

RMIT and many of the REDI partners are HSR4R certified
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 101034328.

Results reflect the author’s view only. The European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains