Two Nottingham engineering PhD students have won awards for presenting two of the top 10 best papers at the International Conference on Electro Physical and Chemical Machining (ISEM XIX).
Alistair Speidel, 26, and Ivan Bisterov, 23, presented their research in a talk at the conference, as well as at a poster session answering other questions from a panel of academic experts.
Both students, from the Advanced Component Engineering Laboratory, received €500 each for the high standard of their work on electrochemical jet processing (EJP) - an emerging not-conventional manufacturing process, suitable for creation of surface structures on high-value engineering components.
Alistair’s work investigates the effect of material pre-conditioning, such as heat treatment and cold work, on the resulting surface texture after EJP. Ivan's work relates to the development of computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software specific to the process which allows fast design and manufacture complicated surfaces.
During the poster sessions, Alistair and Ivan had the chance to talk to leading experts in the field of non-conventional machining, who provided feedback and useful suggestions for improvement and future work.
"International conferences are a great opportunity for a PhD student to showcase their research, keep up to date with the latest innovation in their field, get ideas for future work and build and international network of contacts," said Ivan, who is under the supervision of Professor Adam Clare, in the Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering.
Hosted in Bilbao, Spain, from 23 to 27 April, with 300 delegates, the ISEM XIX event is sponsored by ONA Elektroerosion, which manufactures electrical discharge machines for industrial use.
Posted on Tuesday 8th May 2018