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PhD position on reduced order modeling for efficient micromechanical analysis

This PhD is part of a project on multiscale modeling of composite materials. The overall objective of the project is to predict how much energy is required to …

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Arbeidsvoorwaarden

Standplaats:
Stevinweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Dienstverband:
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 - 38 uur
Salarisindicatie:
€ 2260 - € 2897 per maand
Opleidingsniveau:
WO

Functieomschrijving

This PhD is part of a project on multiscale modeling of composite materials. The overall objective of the project is to predict how much energy is required to grow cracks in composite materials. Improved understanding of the dissipative processes in composites can lead to more optimized usage of this material in various engineering applications. The envisioned multiscale finite element approach is associated with very high computationally cost, because of the large number of micromechanical simulations involved. Therefore, acceleration of the micromodel is an essential part of the project.

This PhD will focus on acceleration of micromechanical analysis by defining an efficient surrogate model based on reduced order modeling or machine learning techniques. Such techniques are becoming available in the context of finite element analysis, but their applicability for the problem at hand still needs to be established. The researcher will explore available techniques and optimize them to speed up the relevant nonlinear micromechanical simulations.     

Functie-eisen

Applicants should possess a relevant MSc degree in a mechanics-related discipline (civil/mechanical/aerospace engineering), applied mathematics or machine learning. An aptitude for programming is essential. The successful candidate must be able perform independent research but also interact with others in the project team. Excellent skills in written and spoken English are required. The selection of the candidates will also be based on passion and persistence for doing research and the ambition to develop a research career.

Conditions

TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit www.tudelft.nl/phd for more information.

Additional information

For more information about this vacancy, you can contact Frans van der Meer, Assistant Professor, e-mail: f.p.vandermeer@tudelft.nl, tel: +31 152785918.

To apply please send us the following documents: detailed CV, a letter of motivation, an overview of your grades and the abstract of your master thesis (1 page).

You can send your application in a single PDF file called CiTG19.01_YourLastname.pdf by 1 March 2019 to Recruitment-CiTG@tudelft.nl.

The starting date of the project is flexible, but no later than 1 September 2019.