Post-Doctoral Research Assistant (Advanced CAE Methods Development) - HBE0017

Brunel University London - Theme: Liquid Metal Engineering

Full-time, Fixed Term (24 months)

Applications from suitably qualified and well-motivated individuals are invited for the position of a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant in Advanced CAE Methods Development to support design of high volume, lightweight aluminium automotive structural components formed by the Hot Form Quench (HFQ) process, using recycled aluminium sheet and castings.

Forming components from lower-quality aluminium without splitting or degradation will create demand for recycled aluminium from closed loop production scrap and vehicle end-of-life sources, requiring new CAE modelling methods and strategies in relation to these new technologies and ever increasingly stringent vehicle design standards.

The Dynamic Response Group (DRG) has significant experience in the non-linear analysis for the mechanical response of structures and materials, which includes large or rapid deformation (crash and impact loading) and analysis led design / optimisation. The group has a proven international track record in numerical methods development (including constitutive model development for damage / failure).

Located at the National Structural Integrity Research Centre in Granta Park (Cambridge), the group has access to a dedicated HPC cluster to perform fundamental research and full-scale application to solve industry relevant problems. Previous clients include F1 companies and OEMs, including Jaguar Land Rover and Aston Martin Lagonda.

The successful candidate will work in the following areas:

  • Develop advanced CAE methods to improve crash performance of automotive structural components manufactured through HFQ processes.
  • Develop an understanding of HFQ process and identify developments needed in terms of constitutive modelling to capture key manufacturing history effects and their effect on crash performance (i.e. forming, ageing, heat treatment, etc).
  • Physical testing to validate modelling assumptions (e.g. damage accumulation) and global (macro and micro responses).
  • Develop appropriate fidelity finite element models to model technology demonstrators in order to test / verify the forming processes, which could include crash testing of structures and component parts.
  • Quantify the potential of HFQ to develop thinner components with comparable mechanical properties (stiffness and strength) through weight optimisation studies.

The successful candidate should have a PhD degree (or equivalent through experience) in explicit finite element analysis (ideally in the area of crashworthiness), continuum mechanics, metallurgy or mechanical engineering. Research experience in numerical methods development and crashworthiness are highly desired. In addition, they should have good communication and presentation skills, be a team player and confident to liaise with research engineers in industry.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor R Vignjevic:

NSIRC is a collaboration between TWI and Brunel University London to create an educational establishment offering industry-driven research and postgraduate degree programmes in structural integrity.

Closing date for applications: Sunday 17th December 2017

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