PhD Student

Last application date
Dec 31, 2023 00:00
TW11 - Department of Materials, Textiles and Chemical Engineering
Limited duration
Master’s degree in mechanical engineering, computational mechanics, materials science, or similar;
Occupancy rate
Vacancy type
Research staff

Job description

PhD (4 years) on Advanced Material Modelling using Finite Element Analysis for Technical Textiles and Textile Manufacturing

Job description
We are seeking a dedicated PhD candidate on advanced material modelling in the textile domain. In this project you will dive deep into a cutting-edge research area, exploring the complexities of advanced textile material modelling. You will collaborate closely within a research team comprising 3 PhDs and 1 postdoc all working on this project.

The research project focusses on the development of a robust multi-scale textile modelling framework, utilizing finite element analysis combined with virtual fibre modelling. Simulations encompass both the manufacturing side (e.g. weaving, stitching, bobbin unwinding, etc.) as well as the performance side (e.g. strength prediction of specialized technical fabric connections). Such simulations are very challenging due to the use of diverse materials (natural and synthetic fibers, yarns and fabrics) combined with high anisotropy and non-linearity. Furthermore, the dynamics of high-speed manufacturing processes need to be included in the modelling framework, ensuring its applicability to real-world processes. This is still a very new research topic and many scientific questions remain unanswered.

You will work at the Department of Materials, Textiles and Chemical Engineering at Ghent University under prof. Lode DAELEMANS (Centre for Textile Science and Engineering, and prof. Wim VAN PAEPEGEM (Mechanics of Materials and Structures, Ghent University is a large university in Belgium, counting about 45,000 students and consistently ranks among the best 100 universities in the world. The research group and its laboratories are situated in the Tech Lane Science Park in the south of Ghent (Technologiepark 70, 9052 Zwijnaarde). The campus is easily accessed by bike, bus or car.

What do we offer?

  • We have extensive experimental and numerical facilities. You will have access to several workstations and a high performance computing cluster to run finite element simulations;
  • You will get the chance to attend international conferences (e.g. AUTEX, ECCM, ICCM,...) and to present papers on these conferences. You are encouraged to publish your results not only on international conferences, but also in peer-reviewed international scientific journals;
  • A personal laptop and workspace;
  • The university offers compensations for public transport (train) and bicycle. The work location can be reached easily by public transport (train and tram/bus);
  • There are a lot of sport accommodations and other benefits (reductions on computer purchase, internet connection, fitness, hospitalization insurance policy, ...) for university personnel;

Job profile

  • Experience with finite element mechanical modelling, knowledge of Abaqus™ or other commercial FEA packages;
  • Familiar with mechanics of materials and experimental and computational techniques;
  • Good knowledge of English writing and speaking;

How to apply

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