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Mechanical Engineering MSc by Research


Course Description

Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study Mechanical Engineering at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

With our close interaction with large companies such as Tata Steel and Ford, as well as small and medium-sized enterprises, Swansea University provides an excellent base for your research as a MSc by Research student in Mechanical Engineering.

Across the UK and overseas, there is or has been recent work at Swansea University with companies such as:

Astra-Zeneca
British Aerospace
Qinetiq
GKN
Rolls-Royce
SKF
Freeport
One Steel
Barrick Gold

Research within Engineering at Swansea University is multidisciplinary in nature, incorporating our strengths in research areas across the Engineering disciplines.

Computational mechanics forms the basis for the majority of the MSc by Research projects within this engineering discipline.

Links with industry

Mechanical Engineering at Swansea University has a close interaction with large companies such as Tata Steel and Ford, as well as small and medium-sized enterprises. Across the UK and overseas, there is or has been recent work with companies such as:

Astra-Zeneca
British Aerospace
Qinetiq
GKN
Rolls-Royce
SKF
Freeport
One Steel
Barrick Gold

Facilities

Our new home at the innovative Bay Campus provides some of the best university facilities in the UK, in an outstanding location.

Mechanical Engineering at Swansea University has extensive laboratory and computing facilities for both teaching and research purposes.

In the mechanical laboratories are two large rotating rigs. One is used to study the dynamics of high speed machinery whilst the other is devoted to the analysis of heat transfer in turbine blade.

Hardware includes a 450 cpu Cluster, high-end graphics workstations and high-speed network links. Extensive software packages include both in-house developed and 'off-the-shelf' commercial.

Research

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranks Engineering at Swansea as 10th in the UK for the combined score in research quality across the Engineering disciplines.

World-leading research

The REF shows that 94% of research produced by our academic staff is of World-Leading (4*) or Internationally Excellent (3*) quality. This has increased from 73% in the 2008 RAE.

Research pioneered at the College of Engineering harnesses the expertise of academic staff within the department. This ground-breaking multidisciplinary research informs our world-class teaching with several of our staff leaders in their fields.

Highlights of the Engineering results according to the General Engineering Unit of Assessment:

Research Environment at Swansea ranked 2nd in the UK
Research Impact ranked 10th in the UK
Research Power (3*/4* Equivalent staff) ranked 10th in the UK

Visit the Mechanical Engineering MSc by Research page on the Swansea University website for more details!

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M2A Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Ferrari Body in White- Weight Reduction - Single Award

As part of the design process, the Ferrari Body in White (BIW) team, in collaboration with Altair Product Design UK, have developed a light weight architecture, through linear optimization (topology, topometry, etc.), suitable for front engine GT cars. The chassis is completely delivered with all necessary physical tests close to the start of production.Project Aims:Starting from an established design solution, close to the start of production, the aim of this project is to investigate the following aspects through multi-disciplinary design optimization (MDO) or other relevant techniques.BIWs are designed for many criteria, including noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) or crash, each of which can be evaluated using advanced simulations. This project involves using these advanced simulations along with modern optimization techniques to minimise the weight of the established BIW design whilst maintaining performance in NVH and crashworthiness. The student will have to identify and agree with Ferrari the most important load-cases to be used in the optimisation process and evaluate BIW performance using tools such as Optistruct, Radioss and Hyperstudy.The student will have the opportunity to run complex finite element analyses in a high performance computing (HPC) environment and work with one of the industry leaders in optimisation and light-weighting (Altair UK). As part of the project, the student would be expected to spend time in Ferrari. The result of these activities will be a package of technical solutions that will be applied and validated by the student. The Athena SWAN Charter recognises work undertaken by institutions to advance gender equality. The College of Engineering is an Athena SWAN bronze award holder and is committed to addressing unequal gender representation.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Stipend of £12,500 p.a plus UK/EU tuition fee

Eligibility

Candidates should hold an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree with a minimum classification level of 2:1 or equivalent relevant experience.The ideal candidate would be a motivated and knowledgeable MSc programme student with experience in CAE and who is interested to start a research project focused on automotive BIW design activities which could potentially evolve into an EngD programme.It is recommended that the student is interested to learn and enhance their knowledge in the Italian language despite Ferrari and the University of Modena having international backgrounds.Please visit our website for more information on eligibility criteria.

Application Procedure

Please visit our website for more details.

Further Information

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/engineering-m2a-msc-research-ferrari-weight-reduction.php


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Engineering: M2A Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Ferrari Body in White - Robust Design - Single Award

As part of the design process, the Ferrari Body in White (BIW) team, in collaboration with Altair Product Design UK, have developed a light weight architecture, through linear optimization (topology, topometry, etc.), suitable for front engine GT cars. The chassis is completely delivered with all necessary physical tests, close to the start of production.Starting from an established design solution, close to the start of production, the aim of this project is to investigate the following aspects through multi-disciplinary design optimization (MDO) or other relevant techniques.During the construction of the BIW structure, components are manufactured to within specified tolerances. However, they can and will have dimensional and possibly property related variations. In order to have a robust design solution, the effect of these variations on the performance of the BIW architecture in various load cases must be taken into account. This requires exploration and identification of the most important variables (component, assembly and test set-up tolerances) that influence the structural attributes in view to increase the stability/robustness of the design and improve the overall design.The student will have to identify and agree with Ferrari the most important load-cases to be used in the robustness study and as part of the project, the student would be expected to spend time in Ferrari. The student will also have the opportunity to run complex finite element analyses in a high performance computing (HPC) environment and work with one of the industry leaders in optimisation and light-weighting (Altair UK).The result of these activities will be a package of technical solutions that will be applied and validated by the student. The Athena SWAN Charter recognises work undertaken by institutions to advance gender equality. The College of Engineering is an Athena SWAN bronze award holder and is committed to addressing unequal gender representation.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Stipend of £12,500 p.a plus UK/EU tuition fee

Eligibility

Candidates should hold an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree with a minimum classification level of 2:1 or equivalent relevant experience.The ideal candidate would be a motivated and knowledgeable MSc programme student with experience in CAE and who is interested to start a research project focused on automotive BIW design activities which could potentially evolve into an EngD programme.It is recommended that the student is interested to learn and enhance their knowledge in the Italian language despite Ferrari and the University of Modena having international backgrounds.Please visit our website for more information on eligibility criteria.

Application Procedure

Please visit our website for more details.

Further Information

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/engineering-m2a-msc-research-ferrari-robust-design.php


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M2A Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Ferrari Body in White - Design for Additive Manufacture for BIW Components - Single Award

As part of the design process, the Ferrari Body in White (BIW) team, in collaboration with Altair Product Design UK, have developed a light weight architecture, through linear optimization (topology, topometry, etc.), suitable for front engine GT cars. The chassis is completely delivered with all necessary physical tests, close to the start of production.The combination of advanced design methodologies, such as topology optimization for structures, with the rapidly emerging additive manufacturing technology for metal parts gives rise to innovative light-weight designs previously not possible to manufacture.Starting from an established design solution, close to the start of production, the aim of this project is to investigate reducing BIW weight by replacing one or more structural BIW components with additively manufactured components, taking full advantage of modern design optimisation techniques. The student will work with Ferrari to identify key components and load cases and as part of the project the student would be expected to spend time with Ferrari. The student will also work with Altair UK, one of the industry leaders in design optimisation and light weighting.The result of these activities will be a design solution that will be applied and validated by the student. The Athena SWAN Charter recognises work undertaken by institutions to advance gender equality. The College of Engineering is an Athena SWAN bronze award holder and is committed to addressing unequal gender representation.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Stipend of £12,500 p.a plus UK/EU tuition fee

Eligibility

Candidates should hold an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree with a minimum classification level of 2:1 or equivalent relevant experience.The ideal candidate would be a motivated and knowledgeable MSc programme student with experience in CAE and who is interested to start a research project focused on automotive BIW design activities which could potentially evolve into an EngD programme.It is recommended that the student is interested to learn and enhance their knowledge in the Italian language despite Ferrari and the University of Modena having international backgrounds.Please visit our website for more information on eligibility criteria.

Application Procedure

Please visit our website for more details.

Further Information

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/engineering-m2a-msc-research-design-additive-manufacture.php


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Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Increasing the Value of CFD Data through Advanced Post-Processing Technique and Blood Damage Models Optimisation - Single Award

*This scholarship is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys. *MSc by Research Scholarship for UK or EU applicants in the field of Medical, Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering with a focus on computational modelling.Subject study:INCREASING THE VALUE OF CFD DATA THROUGH ADVANCED POST-PROCESSING TECHNIQUE AND BLOOD DAMAGE MODELS OPTIMISATION FOR ITERATIVE DESIGN IMPROVEMENT OF THE CALON CARDIO MINIVAD IMPLANTABLE HEART PUMP.Brief Summary of project:Calon Cardio manufactures the next generation implantable blood pump and associated control systems. It aims to make novel, smaller and lower cost heart assist pumps that minimises potential blood damage. Calon Cardio has already developed different numerical models via an ASTUTE project. The company needs to develop cutting edge post-processing techniques to better predict the hydraulic performance of its pump over varying operating speeds and pressure-flow characteristics. The work involves also optimising the current numerical blood damage models post-processing techniques to achieve better estimates of pumps' potential blood damage, in terms of red blood cells damage, platelet activation, white blood cells damage and von Willebrand Factor degradation. Further to this, part of the work will be focused on the optimisation of the existing numerical models for haemolysis estimate.The company wants to improve the current post processing techniques and to optimise the existing numerical models to better predict the pump performance in order to gain further understanding around the blade and rotor geometry design, as well as volute, diffuser, outlet pipe and the secondary flow.The MSc by Research student will build on this work to optimise current Calon Cardio numerical models and develop innovative post-processing techniques to better predict pump performance and blood damage caused by the pump. In vitro measurements will support the verification and validation of the optimised numerical models and the developed post-processing techniques for the project scope.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Stipend plus UK/EU tuition fees

Eligibility

Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their undergraduate degree in Medical/Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering or a related subject. Please visit our website for more information regarding eligibility criteria: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/medical-engineering-kess-msc-research-increasing-value-cfd-data.php

Application Procedure

Please visit our website for more information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Further Information

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/medical-engineering-kess-msc-research-increasing-value-cfd-data.php


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M2A Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Integrating Buildings as Power Stations into the World’s Most Sustainable House - Single Award

Applications are invited for an M2A (Materials & Manufacturing Academy) funded MSc by Research in Engineering.We are developing MI-PAD®, the most thermally-efficient and sustainable house the world has ever seen, that rethinks and reengineers every aspect of traditional home construction. It requires no footings or concrete and quite literally screws into the ground. The whole three-bedroomed house is delivered on four trucks and can be assembled on-site in just one day with 50 totally-unique features which challenge the construction status quo. It is perfect for hot or cold climates. Its innovative screw system means it also floats, which makes it ideal for flood-prone areas. It uses ten times less energy for heating and cooling than a standard house.The timing for the potential market for MI-PAD® fits with a growing and changing market for housing in the UK - there is a need for new lower cost construction methods, innovative building solutions with lower energy bills and the requirement for more housing.With advances in renewable energy the concept of off grid homes is becoming a reality giving rise to ‘buildings as power stations’. This concept utilises green energy to power and heat homes. However, the challenge for this is not only about how you generate energy but also how you store and release it at times where demand exists. The aim of this project will be to investigate the potential for the integration of ‘buildings as power stations’ technologies into the MI-PAD concept and prototypes. This will include the potential for:Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV)
Solar-thermal heat generation and storage
Electricity storage and release
Rainwater treatment and reuse
The successful candidate is expected to start their studentship in January 2017.The Athena SWAN Charter recognises work undertaken by institutions to advance gender equality. The College of Engineering is an Athena SWAN bronze award holder and is committed to addressing unequal gender representation.

Value of Scholarship(s)

UK/EU tuition fees, plus a generous tax free stipend of £12,500.

Eligibility

Candidates should hold an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree with a minimum classification level of 2:1 or equivalent relevant experience.The suitable candidate would have a background in systems/electrical engineering or equivalent background in integrating sustainable energy into construction. Please visit our website for more information on eligibility criteria.

Application Procedure

Please visit our website for more information: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/engineering-m2a-msc-research-integrating-buildings-power-stations.php

Further Information

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/engineering-m2a-msc-research-integrating-buildings-power-stations.php


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100 Swansea University Master's Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Swansea University is offering 100 Master’s Scholarships, each worth £3000 towards tuition fees for UK/EU students starting eligible master’s courses in September 2017.Eligible courses include:All LLM programmes (including LLM by Research)All MA programmes (including MA by Research)All MRes programmesAll MSc programmes (including MSc by Research)Please note that MPhil, GDL/CPE and LPC programmes are not eligible for the Swansea University Master’s Scholarship scheme.

Value of Scholarship(s)

3000

Eligibility

You must have, or expect to achieve, a minimum 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent).You must hold an offer to study on an eligible master’s course at Swansea University from September 2017. Programmes commencing in January, April and July 2017 are not eligible.

Application Procedure

Please visit our website for more details on how to apply.

Further Information

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/taught/swansea-masters-scholarships-2017.php


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M2A Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Advanced Composite Manufacturing for Wind Turbine Blades and Shield - Single Award

Swansea University is a UK top 30 institution for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014), and has been named Welsh University of the Year 2017 by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide. Based in South Wales, Crossflow Energy has developed a ground breaking new wind turbine. Founded in 2007, the company has completed extensive research and development which has delivered a Prototype design for a robust product. Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) modelling using Swansea University’s world-renowned CFD expertise has been validated by the performance of our large-scale Proof of Concept (‘PoC’) model, and in a series of wind tunnel tests of scale models at the world renowned MIRA testing facility.The first large-scale Crossflow PoC Turbine has been operating at Port Talbot Steelworks since 2016. This innovative turbine is low-noise and offers low cost transportation, installation and operations due to it’s simple, robust design. The company is on track to install its first Pre-production Prototype (‘PPP’) at the Port Talbot site. Results from this demonstration will support our development of a fleet of Crossflow Turbines. The initial product range is expected to be from 10 to 80kW, these will be uniquely positioned to supply electricity and mechanical power; opening up a range of new market opportunities for small-scale wind in remote and heavy industrial locations.Project AimsWork with Crossflow engineering and team to understand the design of the universal PPP turbine and how this can be tailored to the specific geometry for the niche market models identified, likely to include hospitals, island locations, refugee camps etc.
Investigate mass production techniques for the moulding of large blade structures and leading edge of shield (wind diverter) including evaluation of composite manufacturing methods such as pultrusion and other suitable techniques, and limitations of each process and also materials and methods of reducing the weight and cost of components.
In line with Crossflow’s Energy’s aim to integrate sustainability across business functions, consider Green and Sustainable Manufacturing techniques, and feasibility of incorporating composite recyclates.
Deliver optimal production costs for volume production for cost-reduced and large scale manufacturing of blades and shield elements.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Stipend of £12,500 p.a plus UK/EU tuition fee

Eligibility

Candidates should hold an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree with a minimum classification level of 2:1 or equivalent relevant experience. This project would be suitable for someone with a background in materials or manufacturing engineering. Please visit our website for more information on eligibility criteria.

Application Procedure

For more information on application procedure, please visit our website.

Further Information

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/engineering-m2a-msc-research-advanced-composite-manufacturing.php


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M2A Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Investigation into the Physical Properties of Steel for Improving Hot Mill Reheat Furnace Model Accuracy - Single Award

Swansea University is a UK top 30 institution for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014), and has been named Welsh University of the Year 2017 by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide. TATA Steel UK Ltd is currently undergoing a huge transformation and is looking to the future with its Steel products. Steel is a 21st Century industry with research that is at the scientific and industrial forefront. A research project with TATA Steel UK and Swansea University will give the correct student the opportunity to be heavily involved with industry whilst performing high level academic research in the Swansea Bay Campus facilities. The candidate will be working with multidisciplinary teams, heading up their own research project and gaining invaluable experience at the industry/academia interface.Project AimsThe reheat furnace in the hot mill is a critical unit for dissolution of various precipitates and providing the formability required in subsequent rolling operations. With the expansion of Tata’s product mix through the development of increasingly varied steel compositions, the furnace needs to be aware of the varying incoming physical properties including thermal conductivity, specific heat capacity, density, thermal expansion and emissivity so that its model can predict & control temperature accurately. You will be working closely with some state of the art laboratory equipment to find composition – property relations that can be used to improve the 3.5 million tonnes per annum hot mill in Port Talbot.The successful candidate is expected to start their studentship in October 2017.The Athena SWAN Charter recognises work undertaken by institutions to advance gender equality. The College of Engineering is an Athena SWAN bronze award holder and is committed to addressing unequal gender representation.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Stipend of £12,500 p.a plus UK/EU tuition fee

Eligibility

Candidates should hold an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree with a minimum classification level of 2:1 or equivalent relevant experience. This project would be suitable for someone with a degree in Materials Science or Chemistry. Please visit our website for more information on eligibility criteria.

Application Procedure

For more information on application procedure, please visit our website.

Further Information

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/engineering-m2a-msc-research-physical-properties-steel.php


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M2A Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Robotics for Automated Temperature Probe Manufacture - Single Award

Swansea University is a UK top 30 institution for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014), and has been named Welsh University of the Year 2017 by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide. Rototherm design and manufacture a range of temperature probes that measure the temperature inside industrial electric engines in order to optimize performance and detect potential problems occurring.These are manufactured in a high volume basis, and to increase our capacity and reduce unit cost, we would like to explore the opportunity to use robotics for this manufacture. Currently no company in the industry has utilized robots for this particular niche product, therefore, Rototherm is keen to be the first to achieve this and with it take the leading role worldwide in the supply of this product.Project AimsThe project will involve working with Rototherm’s engineering department to understand which of the key processes involved in manufacture have the potential to be automated using robotics, and then prove the concept on one or more of the processes.The Athena SWAN Charter recognises work undertaken by institutions to advance gender equality. The College of Engineering is an Athena SWAN bronze award holder and is committed to addressing unequal gender representation.The successful candidate is expected to start their studentship in October 2017.Sponsoring Company: Rototherm

Value of Scholarship(s)

Stipend of £12,500 p.a plus UK/EU tuition fee

Eligibility

Candidates should hold an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree with a minimum classification level of 2:1 or equivalent relevant experience. This project would be suitable for someone with an engineering background with an interest in robotics, process innovation and a desire to help make a first in the industry for automating manufacture of this product. Please visit our website for more information on eligibility criteria.

Application Procedure

For more information on application procedure, please visit our website.

Further Information

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/engineering-m2a-msc-research-robotics-automated-temperature.php


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M2A Funded MSc by Research Studentship: Applying Wind Energy for Pumping Application - Single Award

Swansea University is a UK top 30 institution for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014), and has been named Welsh University of the Year 2017 by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide. Based in South Wales, Crossflow Energy has developed a ground breaking new wind turbine. Founded in 2007 the company has completed extensive research and development which has delivered a Prototype design for a robust product. Advanced Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) modelling using Swansea University’s world-renowned CFD expertise has been validated by the performance of our large-scale Proof of Concept (‘PoC’) model, and in a series of wind tunnel tests of scale models at the world renowned MIRA testing facility.The Technology is based on an innovative design utilising both drag and lift, and has eliminated components which are frequently the cause of breakdowns and increased cost of operation with existing wind turbines – such as a gear-box, compound propellers, high blade-tip speeds and harmonic noise. Being simpler in every aspect, the Crossflow turbine are being designed so they can be containerised for transporting, and could access many areas in which it would be impossible for conventional turbines to be installed and operate.There are a number of target market opportunities including global clean power supply for heavy industry operations in remote off-grid locations, using the turbine to provide electricity to displace diesel and/or provide mechanical power to drive water pumps in mine shafts, irrigation and desalination facilities.Project AimsInvestigation into the application of slow rotating, high torque output of the Crossflow turbine for use in direct-coupled pumps for down-well application, high-head and long distance pumping:
Taking into account a range of pumping applications:
Investigate performance criteria of a variety of water pumps
Extract the performance criteria of the turbine from the analysis data to establish how the turbine can be matched to a variety of pumps.
Optimise the rotational speed and torque of the turbine and selected pumps to propose a workable pumping system with performance envelopes
Thus the above outputs will be used to devise the control system for the turbine to yield optimum pump efficiencyThe Athena SWAN Charter recognises work undertaken by institutions to advance gender equality. The College of Engineering is an Athena SWAN bronze award holder and is committed to addressing unequal gender representation.Sponsoring Company: Crossflow Energy

Value of Scholarship(s)

Stipend of £12,500 p.a plus UK/EU tuition fee

Eligibility

Candidates should hold an Engineering or Physical Sciences degree with a minimum classification level of 2:1 or equivalent relevant experience. This project would be suitable for someone with a degree in mechanical or process engineering. Please visit our website for more information on eligibility criteria.

Application Procedure

For more information on application procedure, please visit our website.

Further Information

http://www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/engineering-m2a-msc-research-applying-wind-energy.php



Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the MSc by Research Mechanical Engineering is a first or upper second class honours degree in Engineering or similar relevant discipline. English language requirement IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or Swansea University recognised equivalent.

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