This course provides new scientific insights of nanoscale manufacturing in the context of molecular phenomena’s and will shed light on what happens at the atomic scale when surfaces collide during various scientific problems spanning from nano-machining, nanoindentation, nanotribology, AFM and even imaging contacts. 

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The course will also equip delegates with the knowledge on how to make use of the atomic simulations to study such unique problems spanning from materials science to manufacturing.

At a glance

  • Dates
    • 25 Feb - 01 Mar 2019
  • Duration5 days
  • LocationCranfield campus
  • Cost£1,500

Course structure

The course comprises thirty five hours of lectures and practical sessions. Various course notes, references, PDF’s and HTML links will all be available to download. Online support is provided and delegates will be able to contact the lecturers through an online portal.

What you will learn

  • To learn the latest advancement in ultra-precision manufacturing methods meant for achieving high precision accuracies, tighter tolerances and reduced energy bills.
  • To understand the effectiveness of various manufacturing methods and the challenges of applicability of these across different classes of materials.
  • To understand how and why materials behave in a certain way.
  • Gain an understanding of the atomic mechanisms at the heart of the frontiers of manufacturing.
  • To equip yourself with the skills to design and structure newer class of materials used in various sectors including defence, aerospace, biomedical and energy.
  • To acquire hands-on experience of a simulation toolbox designed to study a range of fundamental scientific problems which are not suited to the scale of FEA.
  • Develop problem solving skills for nano-level applications for your ‘real’ design and manufacturing problems which requires fundamental investigations.

Core content

Phase 1: Introduction to Precision manufacturing and engineering approaches to materials (20 hours)

  • Lab tour, introduction and overview of the course (Survey of market, trends and growing demands in various sectors). 
  • History, evolution and trends in ultra-precision manufacturing, Classification of ultra-precision manufacturing processes, size effects and scaling issues.
  • Taniguchi’s early predictions, Moore’s law and its relevance, Comparison of cutting vs grinding vs polishing.
  • Fundamentals of material science and fracture criterions, stress-strain behaviour, bond rupturing, incipient plasticity, plane stress vs plane strain.
    •   Nanoindentation and nanoscratching and material characterisation.
  • Introduction to Diamond machining, applications and limitations, brittle-ductile transition, Introduction to ductile-regime machining.
  • An introduction to textured diamond tools, tool nomenclature and specifications.
  • Crystal anisotropy and influence of microstructure, high pressure phase transformation and dislocation nucleation.
  • Important variables in diamond machining (uncut chip thickness, feed, tool geometry). 
  • Tool wear and its characterisation.
  • Concept of minimum quality lubrication (MQL) and nanoparticle/multi-atomised lubrication.
  • Non-conventional manufacturing process – Waterjet, RAPT, LASER, EDM, Ion-beam.

Phase 2: Introduction and application of MD simulation to practical problems (15 hours)

  • Introduction and principle of molecular dynamics simulation and comparisons with FEA.
  • Boundary conditions, Periodic and non-periodic boundaries, Ensemble, Microcanonical ensemble (NVE), Canonical ensemble (NVT), Isothermal-isobaric ensemble (NPT).
  • Post-processing tools : Introduction to the measure of coordination number, radial distribution function, angular distribution functions, stress distribution, various stress measures. 
  • Introduction to the potential energy functions / force fields.

  • Practical sessions on high performance computing service.


Who should attend

  • Executives, engineers and researchers from manufacturing, service and government organizations especially for those involved in R&D.
  • Students at all levels (BEng/MEng/PhD) or Faculty from reputed academic and technical institutions. 

Accommodation options and prices

This course is non-residential. If you would like to book accommodation on campus, please contact Mitchell Hall or Cranfield Management Development Centre directly. Further information about our on campus accommodation can be found here. Alternatively you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road 
Cranfield 
Bedford 
MK43 0AL


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