Optimising Applications of Additive Manufacturing in Defence Support Services

To develop a framework to assess costs and benefits of Additive Manufacturing applications in Defence Support Services for Royal Navy

This PhD focuses on the evaluation of Additive Manufacturing applications in the context of Defence Support Services. The PhD contributes to knowledge through development of a framework which is able to estimate the cost, time and benefits such as impact on availability of AM applications in different locations of a Defence Support Service system.

The PhD aim is to develop a framework to assess costs and impact on availability of Additive Manufacturing applications in Support Services

PhD Objectives:

  • To review available AM technologies and develop a selection algorithm to identify most suitable technology based on application
  • To investigate current practices and define a System of Interest (SoI) of a Defence Support Service (DS2) using a system approach. This objective allows to define the boundaries, elements, links, sequences of a Defence Support Service.
  • To develop a holistic Conceptual Framework to assess AM applications in Support Services. The framework defines the necessary phases required to perform the assessment.
  • To develop a hybrid Decision Support System (DSS) to assess quantitatively the impact of AM applications in DS2 outlining estimate on cost, time and availability. The DSS is engineered for early stages technology acquisition programs.