The design of new engineering materials requires inputs and approaches that reach into a variety of disciplines. This multidisciplinarity is crucial when it comes to ceramics: a field that bridges mechanical engineering and chemistry, whilst reaching into multiple functional applications, such as prosthetics, batteries, solar and fuel cells, catalysis, thermal engines, and many more. Yet an important limitation still stands against the implementation of ceramics into a multiplicity of devices: their inherent brittleness. Several strategies have been developed against this backdrop. However, they typically rely on largely empirical considerations and models that are often incomplete, resulting in long experimental design phases.
The candidate working on this project will tackle this challenge by combining numerical methods with laboratory experiments to optimize the material design and production process in an iterative meta-experimental fashion, to reduce the number of experiments needed to converge to a desirable solution in terms of mechanical behaviour. On the material design side, we aim at developing innovative ceramic materials design concepts and manufacturing routines towards their production in complex shapes (via e.g. tailored 3D printing techniques), by fostering a synergy between multiple toughening mechanisms. On the methodological side, numerical modeling and optimization techniques will be leveraged to efficiently guide the material design experimental steps (manufacturing and testing) towards the desired solution.
This position is part of a joint interdisciplinary project between the Mechanics of Materials and Control Systems Technology sections in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The candidate will collaborate with a variety of research groups within and outside TU/e, while having opportunities to mentor students at many levels and take part in international scientific events. We expect the end product to be ready for application, and thus foresee a high potential for collaboration with industrial stakeholders.
You will be part of a highly profiled interdisciplinary collaboration where the expertise of a variety of engineering fields comes together. The TU/e is in one of the smartest regions of the world and part of the European technology hotspot ‘Brainport Eindhoven’; well-known because of many high-tech industries and start-ups. A place to be for talented scientists! Besides the monthly salary,
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