PhD Position Collection Care at Eindhoven University of Technology

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD position in mechanical engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology. Applications will be evaluated immediately.

The Chair of Applied Mechanics in the Department of the Built Environment looking for a motivated and enthusiastic PhD candidate.

The Chair of Applied Mechanics in the Department of the Built Environment

This vacancy is within the chair of Applied Mechanics of the department of the Built Environment. The chair is responsible for education and research in the field mechanics, and is working on multi-scale, multi-physics and optimization problems related to the built environment. The chair provides the mechanics courses in the Department of the Built Environment, and is a member of the Graduate School on Engineering Mechanics, Netherlands. This graduate school offers the PhD students an advanced training program in the field of Engineering Mechanics, of which the core is formed by a joint series of advanced graduate courses that are closely connected to state-of-the-art research themes.

Paper and parchment exhibit significant deformations upon moisture content variations, involving dimensional changes at different length scales. These may be also accompanied by irreversible shrinkage and accelerated creep phenomena. Additionally, spontaneous chemical degradation of paper based materials may occur, due to oxidation processes taking place at the level of the crystalline structure and in the polymer chains of cellulose. These are crucial problems in the conservation of paper-based ancient documents.

The goal of this PhD project is to develop a multi-scale and multi-physics model to understand and predict paper degradation and aging of historical documents, in order to formulate physically based conservation practice guidelines to be used by conservators.

The project is embedded within a H2020 project with contributions from a large international consortium of partners, led by the Polythenical University of Valencia (Spain), and including several important research institutions (e.g. Universit La Sapienza, Italy; KADK, Denmark) and museums (e.g. The Royal Danish Collection, Denmark; Koninklijke Musea Voor Kunst En Geschiedenis, Belgium; Istoriki Ethnologiki Etaireia Elladas, Greece).

The PhD project at Chair of Applied Mechanics of the Department of the Built Environment will focus on the study of the long term response of paper based artefacts, through a multi-scale and multi-physics approach. Paper and parchment are complex multi-scale materials mainly consisting of cellulose fibres bonded to each other to form a discrete network. A model of the underlying fibrous network will be first developed. Its mechanical behaviour will be coupled with moisture diffusion and the chemical oxidation process, allowing to quantify the extent of degradation due to both the hysteretic response of the material upon moisture cycles and the chemical damage associated to cellulose degradation. Input parameters for the numerical analysis, such as the moisture sorption isotherm and mechanical properties at the fibre level, will be measured in a dedicated experimental campaign performed by a Postdoc in the context of the same project.

We are looking for a candidate with an MSc-degree in Civil Engineering or Mechanical Engineering, with an interest to work in an interdisciplinary project that applies a computational mechanics, multi-physics and multi-scale modelling approach to the fields of art conservation and restoration. The candidate is expected to have a strong interest multi-scale and multi-physics methods.

For more information on the position, please contact Dr. E. Bosco ( ) or Prof. Dr. A. Suiker ( ).

Please submit your application (containing a statement of purpose, CV, BSc and MSc lists of grades, 2 letters of recommendation) before May 1, 2019 to our website (max. 5 × 2 MB). You can respond to this vacancy via our application page by clicking on the button “Solliciteer op deze vacature / Apply for this job”. We do not respond to applications that are sent to us in a different way.

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