PhD Scholarship Position Defect Mechanics in Lattice Materials

Uppsala University, Sweden is inviting excellent candidates to apply for a PhD position in mechanical engineering. Candidates are welcome before August 30, 2019.

This PhD student position belongs to the research group that is established by a starting grant from the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrdet-VR). The group is a part of the Division of Applied Mechanics of the ngstrm Laboratory. Within this Division, we investigate material mechanics and solid mechanics with application areas within e.g. building technology, packaging materials, biomechanics, energy conversion, and aviation technology. The research conducted is often multidisciplinary with both experiments and modeling, and ranges from applied projects in close cooperation with industry to academic basic research. A doctoral degree in the subject guarantees exciting future opportunities both in academia and industry, nationally and internationally.

Project description: The project of this PhD position addresses the defect mechanics of lattice materials. Analytical, computational as well as experimental methods will be used to analyze imperfect lattice materials. The generalized continua will be employed for modeling the material while for mechanical testing, perfect and imperfect lattices will be manufactured by 3D printing.

Lattice materials are formed by periodic arrangement of open building unit cells according which one can classify the material. Depending on the geometry and connectivity, the dominant mechanism of a lattice material can be stretching or bending. These materials have a considerable potential for the application in lightweight technologies for automotive and aerospace industries as well as bone-replacement biomaterials while, currently, the lack of understanding their behavior in the presence of simple and complex defects is limiting their application.

Requirements: The candidate is expected to have a Master of Science in Engineering with specialization in Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Engineering Physics or equivalent. In particular, a strong background is required in the fields of Solid Mechanics, Continuum Mechanics, and Finite Element Analysis. Experience in mechanical testing is also desirable.

Deadline: August 30, 2019
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