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Reliability based design of AM plastic molds for injection molding

(Ref. BAP-2017-54)

Tewerkstelling : Voltijds
Duur : Bepaalde duur verlengbaar
Plaats : Sint-Katelijne-Waver
Solliciteren tot en met : 28/02/2017
For Mechanical Engineering Technology TC, Technology Campus De Nayer Sint-Katelijne-Waver we are looking for a PhD student in the domain of reliable design for additive manufacturing. More specifically, this project focuses on the design of plastic molds for injection molding using additive manufacturing. The position fits in the research activity of the Reliable and Robust Design group at technology campus De Nayer on the virtual design of complex components under production-related uncertainty, for use in demanding applications.

Reliability based design of AM plastic molds for injection molding

Historically, we are very active in the development of new techniques for the assessment of uncertainty and variability in finite element models, with activities on interval methods as well as spatial variability analysis. More recent activity in this respect concerns the identification and quantification of the model variability from experimental observations in a model validation framework. Apart from those more fundamental developments, our research group is also very active in the translation of these methods to engineering practice by integrating them in industrial engineering activities. We do so by ensuring that our methods interact with off-the-shelve FE software in a non-intrusive sense. In order to make sure our research answers actual needs of mechanical designers, we also work on practical engineering problems in close cooperation with several end-users.

Project

The design of high-quality, reliable plastic molds for injection molding produced using additive manufacturing requires a profound insight in the thermo-mechanical properties of the used materials, as well as the possible variability that is inherently present. The research project focuses on the development and application of advanced techniques for the identification and quantification of the variability in these parts. Specifically, the development of techniques for the identification and quantification of variability in the thermo-mechanical material properties combining results from different measurement systems (e.g., full-field strain measurements, thermal imaging, etc.) is pursued. Moreover, the thus inferred knowledge should be translated to a reliable high-quality designed plastic mold that is produced using additive manufacturing.

Profile

We are looking for an enthusiastic and creative doctoral researcher with:
  • a master's degree in engineering, engineering technology (or equivalent) in a domain relevant for the application (pref. mechanical or materials engineering)
  • good grades (at least 'cum laude' in Bachelor's of Master's degree)
  • good English communication skills (written and speaking)

Experience in additive manufacturing or numerical modelling is a plus, but not required.

Offer

We offer an exciting job in an innovative and inspiring environment with the possibility of obtaining a PhD degree at KU Leuven.

Interested?

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