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PhD: Through-Process Modelling for Steel Product Development

Generic model to predict thermal oxidation of steel

10 maanden geleden


Mekelweg, Delft, Zuid-Holland
Tijdelijk contract / Tijdelijke opdracht
Uren per week:
38 uur
€ 2840 per maand


Current predictions of the surface oxidation of steels are limited and mainly based on empirical relation. Hence, we aim for a generic model to predict thermal oxidation of steel strips in terms of composition, sequence, and amount of oxides depending on steel composition, temperature cycle, and gas phase composition. The oxidation-induced diffusion of elements in a multi-element and multi-phase alloy will be simulated. First the model will be developed and experimentally validated for pure iron and iron–carbon alloys. Next, the effects of alloying elements on the oxidation steels will be examined. Then, the aspects of the steel microstructure, such as grain boundaries, on the oxidation behaviour will be studied and implemented in the model. Finally, a generic model for the thermal oxidation of steels governing the main features and phenomena occurring during manufacturing of strips will be made available to the users.


The PhD candidate should hold a Master degree in Physics, Chemistry, or Materials Science. Furthermore, the applicant should have:
• ambition to do scientific work at a high level, as well as a strong orientation on result and process.
• a strong affinity for physical-chemical modelling of solid materials and outstanding experimental competence to validate.
• experience in multiphysics programs (Comsol or other) and programming in MatLab.
• good communication skills (high degree of English proficiency) and the ability to work in a cross-organisational team, with industry stakeholders, academics and technicians.


The 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. The 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 graduateschool.tudelft.nl/ for more information.

For more information about this position, please contact dr Wim Sloof, e-mail: w.g.sloof@tudelft.nl or Jolanda de Roo, phone: +31 (6)-572913508, e-mail: j.deroo@m2i.nl.
M2i human Capital is the recruitment partner for this project. For more information regarding recruitment please contact Jolanda de Roo. e-mail: j.deroo@m2i.nl, phone: + 316 572 913 50.
To apply, please visit the website www.m2i.nl/vacancies/ and use M2i's online application tool by 28 February 2018.
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number 3ME17-81.

Additional information

Jolanda de Roo
+31 (6)-57291350

Technische Universiteit Delft


Delft University of Technology (the TU Delft) is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognised level. Education, research and design are strongly oriented towards applicability. The TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At the TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. The TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools.

Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering - MSE

The 3mE Faculty trains committed engineering students, PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers in groundbreaking scientific research in the fields of mechanical, maritime and materials engineering. 3mE is the epitome of a dynamic, innovative faculty, with a European scope that contributes demonstrable economic and social benefits.

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) of Delft University of Technology, undertakes coherent and innovative research dedicated to developing, producing, characterising, and manipulating materials, with a focus on metals. The aim is to develop fundamental understanding forming the basis for better performance and a longer life cycle with preservation of functionality, while at the same time optimising sustainable use of resources and minimising the environmental footprint.

The Surface and Interface Research group employs and further develops a range of advanced experimental techniques for the analysis of structure and composition of metals as well as for mechanical testing. For more information: https://www.tudelft.nl/en/3me/organisation/departments/materials-science-and-engineering/research/interfaces