• Careerwise Placement
  • Edinburgh
  • 14 January 2020

University of Edinburgh

Job title: Electrostatic powder spraying on 3D printed fibre reinforced
thermoplastic preforms Research Intern
Responsible To: Dr Dongmin Yang, Dr Colin Robert, and Professor Conchúr Ó Brádaigh
Department: School of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Institute for Materials and Processes, The University of Edinburgh
Duration: 12 weeks
Salary: £18,009 pro rata
Placement Ref: EQU/2020/031

Job Specification

Job title: Electrostatic powder spraying on 3D printed fibre reinforced
thermoplastic preforms Research Intern
Responsible To: Dr Dongmin Yang, Dr Colin Robert, Professor Conchúr Ó Brádaigh
Department: School of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Institute for Materials and Processes, The University of Edinburgh
Duration: 12 weeks (June 2020 – August 2020)
Salary: £18,009 pro rata
Placement Ref: EQU/2020/031

1. Basic purpose of the placement and its primary objectives:
The composites research group in the School of Engineering is looking for an enthusiastic undergraduate student to engage with our research on advanced manufacturing of composite materials.

During this placement the student will use an electrostatic powder spraying device to coat polymer powders on 3D printed composite preforms with optimum curved fibres. The thermoplastic powders will be electrostatically charged and sprayed onto the preforms to fill up the gaps. When the sprayed sample is heated up in the oven the powders are melted to bond with the fibres to form a voids-free 3D printed polymer composites with curved fibres.

2. Main duties:
3D printed composite preforms, electrostatic spraying device and powders will be provided. You will need to carry out spraying tests using epoxy and nylon plastic powders. Different spraying time and curing conditions in oven will be investigated. Prepared single-layer samples will be lay-up to form laminated samples. You will carry out tensile tests of the final samples to optimise the processing parameters and write an experimental report.

You will be supervised by the academic supervisors and supported by PhD students and technicians throughout the placement. The research group is well equipped with all necessary facilities for this project, and the student will be fully trained for all the tests. The student will also be encouraged to be involved in the 3D printing of composites.

3. Knowledge and skills required:
– Undergraduate students studying mechanical engineering, advanced materials engineering, materials science or related degree
– Basic knowledge of engineering materials is required.
– Experience of carrying out experiments in engineering or related teaching/research labs

4. Person skills:
Good communication, teamwork skills and time management skills.

5. Working conditions:
You will carry out the manufacturing and tests in the School’s composite materials labs.

How to Apply
Students should complete the online application form via the Equate Scotland website and attach a cover letter and a CV as separate documents, in PDF version and hit submit.

Please also make sure you note the placement reference number that you are applying for (highlighted in bold above) as you will need this to complete the application form.

Closing Date: 14th January 2020
Placement Ref: EQU/2020/031