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Developing a Dimensional Metrology Cyber-Physical system to support new product introduction

igibility: UK/International (including EU) graduates with the required entry requirements

Duration: Full-Time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

Application deadline: 25 October 2024

Interview date: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date: January 2025

For further details contact Glen Turley


In new product introduction many systems are being matured and developed simultaneously alongside the product and manufacturing process. This results in rapid improvement loops which lead to disconnects between the digital twin of the manufacturing process and what is occurring in the physical world.

Project details

For the dimensional integrity of the product, this fast iteration means that components and assemblies being measured often become disconnected from the digital tolerance simulation models. In addition, data collection and storage are not matured enough so that physical measurements and digital simulations can be easily compared to identify root causes.

Connecting these systems and using tolerance simulations to guide manufacturing improvements as part of the new product problem solving process represent a significant opportunity for faster scaling of the production system at the right quality level.

The aim of this PhD project to develop a cyber-physical architect between tolerance simulation and their associated metrology measurements within the manufacturing process. It is expected that this project will support problem solving in established manufacturers and scale-ups to provide a quality maturation methodology during product introduction.


Tuition fees and bursary


The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.

All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average.


  • The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years.
  • A minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS academic overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).

How to apply

To find out more about the project, please contact Glen Turley

All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.

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