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Intelligent Reverse Engineering

ABG-87141 Thesis topic
2019-08-22 < €25,000 annual gross
University of Strathclyde (Glasgow)
Glasgow - United Kingdom
Intelligent Reverse Engineering
  • Engineering sciences
  • Robotics
engineering, 3D, robotics, robot, robots, artificial intelligence, AI

Topic description

This application is for a 3.5 year PhD to research into the area of reverse engineering. This PhD will look specifically at the reverse engineering of end of life assets, such as subsea components for oil and gas etc.. There exists a number of technologies for digitising components such as these through laser scanning, 3D image reconstruction or structured light systems. These systems create a highly accurate point cloud in 3 dimensions that can then be used to take measurements. It will be the focus of this project to take such a dataset and reverse engineer from the point cloud a usable CAD type dataset and then model in a format compatible with CAD/CAM software. This will include automatically recognising surfaces, edges, radii and other physical features and creating nominal definitions of each feature.

This process is currently very labour intensive therefore this PhD will seek to investigate artificial intelligence techniques by adapting and customising them as much as possible to reduce the human intervention requirement as low as possible with a target of zero. The impact of this PhD will be far reaching with the oil and gas sector having many subsea assets, with no digital definition, needing replaced or remanufactured. If successful, this research will make the broad theme of remanufacturing more attainable and in line with the effort level of new manufacture.

The primary objective of the PhD will be to 3D scan a component, retrieve the resulting point cloud in its raw format and have an artificial intelligence robot convert the point cloud into a 3D model of a standard expected of an as designed geometry.

The work content of this studentship will be in the following areas:

Literature review of current state of the art in reverse engineering software

Point cloud dataset manipulation and acquisition

Analysis of the knowledge required to convert point cloud data into a usable CAD model

AI algorithm development for key feature recognition

Automation of software based conversion of point cloud into CAD format

Analysis of the consistency of this conversion/AI decision making

 

This 3.5-year studentship covers full EU/UK PhD tuition fees and a tax-free stipend. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. 

Funding category

EU funding

Funding further details

3.5-year Fully Funded PhD Studentship is available to cover Home Fees and Stipend.

Presentation of host institution and host laboratory

University of Strathclyde (Glasgow)

THE UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE


A leading international university, Strathclyde received a fivestar rating in a QS audit of universities’ key performance areas.


With around 22,000 students from more than 100 nations, we have transformed our campus, investing £650 million
over the course of the current decade to create a first-class working and learning environment for you, our students.


Located in the heart of Glasgow, Scotland’s biggest city, Strathclyde offers a fantastic experience, where you will enjoy flexible, innovative learning and excellent facilities. For more than 200 years, Strathclyde has been meeting the needs of students and society through education, research, innovation and enterprise.

The Department of Design, Manufacturing and Engineering Management (DMEM)

Welcome to DMEM, we are part of Scotland’s largest Engineering Faculty which has more than 800 international students studying with us from almost 100 countries.
We are the only department in the UK to combine end-to-end multidisciplinary expertise from creative design through engineering design, manufacture and management of the entire systems, as well as the first department funded by the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology outside of China.

Our research is centred on the vision of ‘Delivering Total Engineering’. We investigate processes, systems and technology to support and enable engineering from concept to remanufacture.


We host the Advanced Forming Research Centre (a £60m state of the art facility with a £38.5m project portfolio) – a partnership between the University of Strathclyde and global industrial manufacturing companies, the Centre for Precision Manufacturing, the Design Research Group, the Robotics and Autonomous Systems Group (which includes SMesTech), the Sustainability and Remanufacturing Group and the Engineering Management Group (which is involved in the Strathclyde Institute for Operations Management, which brings together the leading experts in Operations Management from Strathclyde’s Business School and the Engineering Faculty). We are also involved in the Advanced Manufacturing Industrial Doctorate Centre, Continuous Manufacturing and Crystallisation, the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, and the Weir Advanced Research Centre. The University of Strathclyde is also the anchor university for the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS), the base for the Scottish Institute for Remanufacturing (SIR) and hosts the Maritime Research and Innovation centre UK (MarRI-UK).

PhD title

PhD in Design, Manufacturing and Engineering Management

Country where you obtained your PhD

United Kingdom

Institution awarding doctoral degree

University of Strathclyde

Graduate school

University of Strathclyde

Candidate's profile

Applications are welcome from all who possess or are about to obtain a first class or 2.1 BEng (Hons), MEng or MSc degree, or equivalent EU/International qualification, in a relevant discipline.

Applications from Home, Rest of UK and EU students will receive funding of the home fee and stipend.

International Students are welcome to apply but should be aware of the additional funding requirements and will have to provide evidence that they can pay the difference in fees of circa £16k per annum.

Application deadline

2019-08-30
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