The use of 3D printed metal structures is taking a very fast ramp-up in industry. General Electric has demonstrated the possibility of printing titanium fuel injectors for their LEAP engine, EADS has printed a nacelle hinge bracket for the Airbus A320, Boeing is printing plastic inlet ducts for high-altitude aircrafts, hip implants and other prosthetics are exploiting the design freedom of additive manufacturing (AM),...
Additive manufacturing of titanium and inconel superalloys yields great potential for the aerospace industry (and others) as it allows the generation of geometrically complex structures with high specific strength, low density and high corrosion and creep resistance at high temperatures.
However the fatigue life prediction of such components cannot be done with traditional fatigue models for traditionally manufactured metals, because the fatigue life is influenced by various factors that are specific for 3D printing : process parameters, induced voids and defects, microstructure, surface roughness, etc.
In this Postdoctoral position, it is the purpose to further develop multi-scale models for fatigue of AM metals, taking into account the microstructure of the material.
Those models will be implemented in an already developed software environment. The final objective is to develop an industrial software solution that can be applied to complex AM components and predict their fatigue life.
The position is a fully numerical position, requiring advanced knowledge in numerical simulations (finite element method, Representative Volume Element-based multi-scale modelling), fatigue mechanics, computational crystal plasticity and also on extreme value statistics.
The project will be carried out in close collaboration with a large number of industrial companies in the field of additive manufacturing (Siemens, Materialise, Sabca, ESMA, ).
Only candidates with a PhD degree in Computational Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Civil Engineering, (Applied) Physics or similar should apply.
You have a strong background in computational mechanics and have strong programming skills (preferably in C++ and / or Python), you are interested to perform numerical research and to interact and collaborate with industry.
The responsible person at Ghent University is Prof. Wim VAN PAEPEGEM. He has 20 years of experience in mechanics of composites and finite element simulations.
More information on the achievements of the research group can be found on .
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Besides, 18 PhD students have successfully obtained their PhD degree in the last five years,
For those who are interested, an international exchange with another university is possible. As publications are increasingly important (also for your career afterwards), you are encouraged to publish your results not only on international conferences, but also in peer-reviewed international journals,
The laboratories are separate in another wing of the same building,
If you have a dependent wife / husband and / or children, the salary is raised. Also seniority can be taken into account if you can show former relevant experience.
The salary for postdoctoral researchers starts at 2450 EUR net income per month (after taxes).
When you start your PhD study, you pay a once-only tuition fee of ca. 1000 EUR, and the rest of your study is free of charge,
They are quite active in organizing all sorts of events (Student Unions and Societies for international students).
Recently, a "China platform" and "India platform" have been founded for the benefit of Chinese and Indian students at Ghent University (see China platform and India Platform).