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3D Printed Structures for Particle Detectors

Key Information

Academic supervisor: Prof Davide Deganello
Industrial supervisor: Prof Ralf Kaiser FRSE. Prof Kaiser is Professor of Physics at the University of Glasgow and Managing Director of Lynkeos Technology Ltd.

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Background:
Lynkeos Technology is a spin-off company from the University of Glasgow formed in 2016 following 7 years of research contracts funded by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. Lynkeos specialises in cosmic-ray muon tomography, using naturally occurring radiation to produce 3D images of the contents of shielded containers, e.g., nuclear waste containers. Since 2018 Lynkeos is operating the worldwide first muon imaging system for nuclear waste on the Sellafield site (https://www.lynkeos.co.uk/)
In 2019/20 Lynkeos Technology (Prof Ralf Kaiser) and Swansea University (Prof Davide Deganello) together were awarded EU funding under the ATTRACT scheme for their project, 3DSCINT – Commodification of Scintillator Detectors using 3D Printing Techniques (https://www.3dscint-attract.co.uk/). The MSc will further the research in this area focusing on the 3D printing technology aspects.

Project Aims:
Integration of 3D printed structures with particle detector components and in particular, detectors using scintillating fibres, are a new area and one that has the potential to eventually make particle tracking detectors available as an off-the-shelf item.
This kind of commodification will extend the applications of particle detectors significantly – e.g., one could imagine such detectors to become planned tools for assessment of civil structures like bridges to monitor for any hidden internal deterioration affecting stability over time.
The aims of this MSc project are to study all aspects of 3D printed structures supporting the particle detectors components.
The candidate will have access to extensive 3D printing and mechanical testing facilities in Swansea University and to a new, large-scale 3D Printer that is currently being procured at the University of Glasgow, together with muon imaging infrastructure provided by Lynkeos Technology.

Predicted Outcomes:
Market surveys show that mobile muon imaging systems will find many more applications than existing static systems. 3D printed structures are a key component of the low power, modular and portable detector systems that are required for mobile muon imaging. The outcomes from this thesis project will become part of this effort.

The Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A) in the College of Engineering is a Swansea University initiative which provides postgraduate research training in partnership with industry; providing access to world­class laboratories and a wealth of academic and industry expertise. The M2A is committed to providing top quality research opportunities within an inclusive environment, funded by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Swansea University and Industry partners.

Interwoven through the research study are business, technical and entrepreneurial courses, designed to support and prepare participants for a senior role in industry or academia, on completion of their studies. Research Engineers may participate in our career mentoring system, offering opportunity to engage with M2A alumni and other senior staff from across the University.

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 committee to addressing unequal gender representation. Applications from women are particularly welcomed.

Before submitting an application for the project, please see our Hints & Tips document which can be found here.

Sponsoring Company Lynkeos Technology Ltd
Company Website Eligibility

We welcome applications with Engineering preferred (e.g., Mechanical, Materials), but other physical sciences accepted (Engineering disciplines, Physics, Chemistry), 2.1 or 1st class degree preferred, or equivalent relevant experience that would enable the candidate to fulfil the role.
An interest in 3D Printing technology would be desirable.

Full eligibility can be found at https://www.materials-academy.co.uk/eligibility

Funding

Fees at Home / EU rate, and Stipend £12,500, both for the period of one year.
For full details on funding eligibility, please refer to the Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A) Website (Student Eligibility | M2A).
Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is not open to ‘International’ candidates.

Closing Date 5 April 2021

Start Date October 2021


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Applications and informal enquiries about this studentship should be directed by email to: M2A@swansea.ac.uk