Project Title: Proving novel experimentation methods to improve commercialisation of cutting fluids to aerospace manufacturing markets
Academic Supervisor: Dr William Zimmerman
AMRC Supervisor: Dr Matthew Broderick
Industry Sponsor: Hangsterfer's Laboratories
My project involves providing novel experimental methods to improve commercialisation of cutting fluids to aerospace manufacturing markets. Cutting fluid performance is predominantly measured on tool life and surface quality, so, a design of experiments strategy will be employed to justify fluid formulation. Fundamentals of tribology and finite element analysis will be utilised to provide a deeper understanding into tool surface interactions to build a model of the relationship between the fluid structure and the resultant solid contact. Cost modelling will also be used to provide evidence of fiscal benefits, this will help bridge product to market.
Coming from a Chemical Engineering background, the idea of joining a machining institute seemed quite daunting at first, but the structure of the IDC has enabled me to integrate into the Mechanical Engineering department with ease. The EngD programme perfectly combines the academic exploration carried out at university with the cutting-edge technology utilised within innovative industrial processes.