PhD position in characterization and modeling of thermoplastic composites

     
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WorkplaceLeuven, Flemish Region, Belgium
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PhD position in characterization and modeling of thermoplastic composites

Characterization and modeling of the consolidation and crystallization of advanced thermoplastic composites

Advanced thermoplastic composites offer a number of benefits in terms of toughness,manufacturing speed and recyclability over their thermoset counterparts. There is however a need for the development of practical production simulation tools,to optimize the process parameters and the final part performance. In the process, where pressure, temperature and time are the key parameters, intimate contact and interdiffusion are needed to achieve proper bonding between the plies, while crystallization affects the build-up of residual stresses in the laminate.

The goal of this PhD study is to focus on the relation between the process parameters in compression moulding of continuous fibre reinforced thermoplastics and the resulting mechanical properties of the product, both through characterization of the material and the product, and through the development of a consolidation,autohesion and crystallization model. For the experimental work, a hot press,micro-computer tomography, rheological and thermal analysis equipment,mechanical testing facilities are available at the university. Experiments will be used to provide model input and validation. The PhD research will be executed in the framework of an industrial collaboration project ProPeL.

The Composite Materials Group of the Department of Materials Engineering, KU Leuven is a large research group of 50 researchers, focusing on 5 research lines: Physical chemistry of interfaces, Composites and principles inspired by nature, micro- and mesostructural design for composites, bio-based and sustainable composites, and process and application development. The research group is active on 3 campuses, and has access to well-equipped laboratory facilities, with experienced staff support. The CMG has a large experience in modeling the relationship between the microstructural features of the composite and its mechanical performance (static stiffness and strength and fatigue) and on composites manufacturing, including permeability modeling for thermoset composites, and thermal modeling of thermoplastic composites processing.

The Composite Materials Group of the Department of Materials Engineering, KU Leuven is a large research group of 50 researchers, focusing on 5 research lines: Physical chemistry of interfaces, Composites and principles inspired by nature, micro- and mesostructural design for composites, bio-based and sustainable composites, and process and application development. The research group is active on 3 campuses, and has access to well-equipped laboratory facilities, with experienced staff support. The CMG has a large experience in modeling the relationship between the microstructural features of the composite and its mechanical performance (static stiffness and strength and fatigue) and on composites manufacturing, including permeability modeling for thermoset composites, and thermal modeling of thermoplastic composites processing.

  • A master’s degree in mechanical or materialsengineering
  • knowledge of the mechanics and processing offibre reinforced polymers
  • An interest in both experimental and modelingresearch
  • distinguished her- or himself during theeducation, with special attention to research projects, master thesis andmodeling courses
  • Fluent knowledge of English, good knowledge ofDutch is an advantage.
  • An open minded attitude
  • Team player, as she or he will be part of theComposite Materials Group and the research team of the ProPeL project.


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