School/Department: School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing
Based at: Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Hours of work: 37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered.
Contract type: Fixed term contract
Fixed Term Period: 3 Years
Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the range of £37,337 to £41,406 per annum with potential progression up to £51,298 per annum
Apply by: 14/01/2024
Research Fellow in Structural Analysis and Optimisation
We are seeking a full-time Research Fellow in Structural Analysis and Optimisation to join the Advanced Vehicle Engineering Centre at the School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing. This post is funded as part of a large funded project involving other UK Universities and major Aerospace manufacturers.
You will join a team at Cranfield working on the implementation of advanced numerical simulation to develop new shapes for weight savings of landing gear products. The simulation work is aimed at challenging existing classical design methods, that are too conservative, to leverage the full capability of innovative materials and processes. The tasks led by Cranfield University in this project, will be concentrated predominantly on FE techniques and methods to derive failure criteria applicable to multiaxial loading.
Your work will involve the identification of the most suitable models to predict component failure and develop numerical models to predict failure in coupons (test samples) made of different materials with different manufacturing processes. The simulation work also involve validation for which you will need to design the experimental setup (including sensors and acquisition system) and perform the tests.
The failure criteria developed for different material and processes will be used to predict failure in representative structures under single loading conditions as well as combined loading conditions.
You will be educated to doctoral level (or very close to completion of your PhD) in a relevant subject and have experience in the implementation of advanced finite element simulation of homogenous and heterogenous materials processed with conventional and additive manufacturing approach. You are passionate about fatigue and fracture mechanics and an experienced user of Abaqus and the implementation of innovative simulation approaches to predict failure under complex stress.
As a specialist postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships are creating leaders in technology and management globally.
The Centre’s reputation for leading in the field in materials and structures for automotive and motorsport applications and their advanced modelling has been established through the extensive, world-class research in this field. The consultancy and research carried out by the Centre is truly inspirational, undertaken for public bodies and industrial clients worldwide, including the major Automotive OEM’s, consultants and Tier 1 suppliers, Formula 1, Formula 2, GT, WRC and Dakar race teams.
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How to apply
For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Dr Marzio Grasso on (E): firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for receipt of applications: 14 January 2024