PhD Research Studentship, Computational Modeling of Fracturing Process, Portugal

Description : We are looking for Masters or Bachelor Students to fill in a PhD research studentship in our research centre at IDMEC PORTO – Institute of Mechanical Engineering.
The scholarship is available for a period of six months with possibility of renewal. The PhD studentship will pay a bursary of 980€ per month.
Desirable Criteria: Degree in appropriate Engineering subject (Mechanical, Civil …)
Masters in appropriate Engineering subject (Mechanical, Civil …)
Good knowledge of Finite Elements
Good programming skills
Objectives and Work Programme: The main objective of this project is to develop analytical and numerical models for the finite element simulation of fracture initiation and propagation processes. These phenomena can be found in projectile impact, rock blasting, machining operations, etc. The main tasks to be undertaken are:
– Formulation of constitutive models that include a large number of complex interacting physical phenomena (extremely large plastic strains in the presence of internal degradation, high strain rates, thermal effects, …) and their implementation within a finite element environment;
– Development and implementation of numerical procedures to allow the propagation of cracks through finite element meshes when coupled with adaptive remeshing;
– Validation and appraisal of the developed models in practical problems.
Scientific Supervision: Dr. Francisco M. Andrade Pires
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Contact address : Please forthwith send your CV and a motivation letter to the following address or informally contact Dr. Francisco Pires, email:
Dr. Francisco M. Andrade Pires
Departamento de Engenharia Mecânica
Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto
Rua Dr. Roberto Frias,
s/n 4200-465 Porto, Portugal

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