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Luke Osmond

Project Title: Development of Cutting Tool Technology for Ceramic Milling of Nickel Alloys


Academic Supervisor: Dr Tom Slatter

AMRC Supervisor: Dan Smith and Adam Brown

Industry Sponsor: AMRC

My research will look at developing ceramic tools for the purpose of machining nickel-based alloy components such as turbine blades, blisks and casings and trying to understand where it is applicable or not. Different components will require different manufacturing techniques and different manufacturing strategies. A key part of the research will be to understand where the benefits are for adopting ceramic machining over the tried and tested carbide tooling route.

I think my primary reason for doing an EngD was because I wanted to develop myself. I came across the EngD at the IDC and really liked the look of what it had to offer. Not only just from an academic and research point of view but also from professional and personal point of view as well. There is plenty of support and resources available to students that can allow them to develop a number of skills which are important in the real world. Some of the likely skills are for instance managing a budget, or developing project management skills. These skills are important and great to have on your CV.


I like going to gym regularly, going for walks in the dales. I also love to socialise with my friends and family when I can. I enjoy watching rugby & football and being active when i'm not at university or studying.