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Efficient Robotic Assembling of Shell structures


Key facts

Type of research degree
Application deadline
Friday 17 April 2020
Project start date
Thursday 1 October 2020
Country eligibility
UK and EU
Competition funded
Source of funding
Research council
Dr Mehmet Dogar and Dr Ornella Iuorio
Additional supervisors
Dr Jordan Boyle
School of Civil Engineering, School of Mechanical Engineering
Research groups/institutes
Institute of Design, Robotics and Optimisation
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

Architecture is going through major changes as automation in construction is radically transforming standard processing technologies and could lead, in the longer-term, to disruptive technologies such as 3D-printing and robotics being applied to improve construction processes. This project focuses in particular on the development of complex geometries, such as free form shells. It aims to investigate the potential that robotics and 3D printing could offer in terms of enabling the adoption of more complex and efficient geometries.

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Full description</h2>

<p>The research will explore possibilities to digitally design, fabricate and assemble dry shell structures through lightweight collaborative robots. &nbsp;These robots will collaboratively position, stabilize, and attach/fasten parts of the structure, to construct the shell. Robot arm/hand actions to perform such operations will be programmed, and the reciprocal relation between robot capabilities, digital design, and shell design will be investigated.</p> <p>This will involve a number of physical demonstrations that will be programmed as research output milestones throughout the PhD research period.&nbsp;</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the&nbsp;<a href="">University&#39;s website</a>. Please state clearly in the research information section&nbsp;that the research degree you wish to be considered for is &ldquo;Efficient Robotic Assembling of Shell structures&rdquo;&nbsp;as well as&nbsp;<a href="">Dr Ornella Iuorio</a>&nbsp;as your proposed supervisor.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University&#39;s minimum English language requirements (below).</p> <p><em>We welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.</em></p>

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Entry requirements</h2>

Applicants to research degree programmes should normally have at least a first class or an upper second class British Bachelors Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline. The criteria for entry for some research degrees may be higher, for example, several faculties, also require a Masters degree. Applicants are advised to check with the relevant School prior to making an application. Applicants who are uncertain about the requirements for a particular research degree are advised to contact the School or Graduate School prior to making an application.

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">English language requirements</h2>

The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study is an IELTS of 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid.

<h2 class="heading">Funding on offer</h2>

<p><strong>UK/EU</strong>&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;Engineering &amp; Physical Sciences Research Council Studentship&nbsp;for 3.5 years. A full standard studentship consists of academic fees (&pound;4,600 in Session 2020/21), together with a maintenance grant (&pound;15,009 in Session 2019/20) paid at standard Research Council rates. UK applicants will be eligible for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance. European Union applicants will be eligible for an award paying tuition fees only, except in exceptional circumstances, or where residency has been established for more than 3 years prior to the start of the course.&nbsp;&nbsp;Funding is awarded on a competitive basis.</p>

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For further information about the application procedure,&nbsp;please contact Doctoral College Admissions,<br /> e:&nbsp;<a href=""></a>, t: +44 (0)113 343 5057</p> <p>For further information about the project,&nbsp;please contact the supervisor Dr Ornella Iuorio,<br /> e:&nbsp;<a href=""></a></p>

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