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Investigating of the processing boundaries of Micro Electrochemical Machining Process

The processing boundaries of the micro electrochemical process will be investigated. These include voltage gap, pulses duration and off-time duration, electrolyte flow (especially for micro features machining), electrolyte composition based on processing material. The idea is at the end to be created a benchmark research process that can be conducted for a specific application in order to determine the processing parameters. The project will create a methodology to be followed to determine for each specific case the gap needed, the voltage needed the electrolyte composition and concentration, pulse time ON and time OFF. A micro ECM machine is available for the project and 2 clean rooms and a potentiostat. The potential after the successful end of the project is huge as all previous PhD students have secured employment immediately after their graduation.


  • Mortazavi, M., & Ivanov, A. (2019). Sustainable μECM machining process: indicators and assessment. Journal of Cleaner Production, 235(20 October 2019), 1580-1590. doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.06.313
  • Mortazavi, M., & Ivanov, A. (2019). μECM process investigation considering pulse signal features and EDL capacitance. International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 105(11), 4621-4632. doi:10.1007/s00170-019-03864-2
  • Ivanov, A., & Rebecca Leese. (2016). Effect of degassing electrolyte on polarisation curve shape with the aim to apply knowledge to electrochemical machining. The Journal of Innovation Impact, 7 number 2, 566-573.
  • Leese, R., & Ivanov, A. (2017). Electrochemical Micro-machining: Review of Factors Affecting the Process Applicability in Micro-Manufacturing. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part B: Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 232(2), 195-207. doi:10.1177/0954405416640172


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  1. Contact the supervisor by email or phone to discuss your interest and find out if you woold be suitable. Supervisor details can be found on this topic page. The supervisor will guide you in developing the topic-specific research proposal, which will form part of your application.
  2. Click on the 'Apply here' button on this page and you will be taken to the relevant PhD course page, where you can apply using an online application.
  3. Complete the online application indicating your selected supervisor and include the research proposal for the topic you have selected.

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