The Department of Mechanical Engineering at TU/e is an ambitious and inclusive department that presently consists of three research units and several research centers, each of which is comprised of independent Principal Investigators (PIs). Our research is broadly centered around the themes of Energy and Flow, Dynamical System Design, and Materials and Mechanics. This vacancy is within the section Energy Technology & Fluid Dynamics (ETFD).
The mission of ETFD (www.energy.tue.nl) is to advance heat & flow technologies for energy and high-tech applications. This encompasses research and development of new methods and tools (science), improving applied systems (technology), exchanging knowledge with our societal partners (valorization) and teaching & inspiring future generations of engineers (education).
We have 2 PhD vacancies in our group to work within a large consortium of academic and industrial partners in the semiconductor field. The main aim of the overall project is to keep the pace of the semiconductor industry in following Moore’s law. Our contribution to the overall project is concerned with the photolithography process in semiconductor fabrication of integrated circuits. For high precision lithography, the next-generation photolithography machines are required to operate in a clean and thermally controlled (near-)vacuum environment. Transport phenomena in rarefied conditions, such as (near-)vacuum and supersonic conditions encountered in such photolithography machines, is governed by the Boltzmann equation which is concerned with a generalized phase- space description of molecular flow to account for fluid dynamics that do not necessarily conform to continuum models (such as the Euler and Navier-Stokes equations). To formulate boundary conditions for the Boltzmann equation that provide a realistic description of thermal and dynamic loads on solid surfaces (e.g. reticle, pellicle, optics, etc.), it is imperative to properly account for the (scattering) interactions between the gas molecules and the solid molecules, at a molecular scale.
Building on the unique simulation capability that has been developed at TU/e over the past years based on the method of moments for the Boltzmann equation, and machine learning for gas-solid interactions on the molecular scale, the PhD students will develop an experimentally validated simulation tool for rarefied gas flows.
The aim of these 2 PhD projects is modeling and simulation of rarefied transport in complex geometries. One of the research projects will focus on the transport phenomena, and the other will focus on the interactions with complex boundaries and flow conditions.
The PhD researchers will focus on providing a realistic description of rarefied fluid transport, as well as thermal and dynamic loads on solid surfaces. The research will include, but is not limited to:
A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university, in an interdisciplinary setting and within an international network. You will work on a beautiful, green campus within walking distance of the central train station. In addition, we offer you:
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