PhD scholarship in Micromechanics of Ductile Fracture

Technical University of Denmark - Department of Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering (DTU Mekanik) at the Technical University of Denmark has an open PhD position focusing on "Micromechanics of Ductile Fracture”.

The project has a strong emphasis on solid mechanics, mainly plasticity theory, fracture mechanics and numerical modeling.

Responsibilities and tasks
This PhD project is part of a larger research project with international partners in the US that has the goal to redefine and extend the modeling basis for ductile fracture in metals, from the basic concepts to practical applications. The focus is on the fact that, today’s well known, material size effects at the micron scale are neglected from the state-of-the-art modeling techniques of ductile failure even though the underlying mechanisms unfold in the micrometer range. The goal of the vacant PhD project is to incorporate new micro-mechanics based models for porous materials, accounting for void size, spacing, and distribution into computer models that rely on high-performance computing (HPC). The vision is to create a high-fidelity computational basis that enables micro-mechanics based modeling of structures at engineering scale.

The successful applicant must demonstrate a strong background within (listed in order of importance):

  • Programming
  • Numerical modeling and programming the Finite Element Method
  • Plasticity theory
  • Fracture Mechanics
  • Mechanics of Materials

Candidates should have a master's degree in engineering or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to the master's degree in engineering. Furthermore, the candidate is expected to have a strong background in solid mechanics.

Approval and Enrolment
The scholarship for the PhD degree are subject to academic approval, and the candidates will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes of DTU. For information about the general requirements for enrolment and the general planning of the scholarship studies, please see the DTU PhD Guide.

The assessment of the applicants will be made by Professor Christian Niordson and Associate Professor Kim Lau Nielsen.

We offer
DTU is a leading technical university globally recognized for the excellence of its research, education, innovation and scientific advice. We offer a rewarding and challenging job in an international environment. We strive for academic excellence in an environment characterized by collegial respect and an academic freedom tempered by responsibility.

Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

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Application deadline: 17 May 2018.

DTU Mechanical Engineering covers the fundamental engineering disciplines within Solid mechanics, Fluid mechanics, Coastal and Maritime Engineering, Energy systems and energy conversion, Materials and Surface Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Engineering design and Product development. The department has a scientific staff of about 135 persons, 100 Ph.D. students and a technical/administrative support staff of about 85 persons.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 11,000 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.

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