PhD Position in Co-Simulation Methods for Flexible Multibody, Discrete Element and Lumped Parameter Models
Catholic University of Leuven Department of Mechanical Engineering
Belgium

 
The PhD will be supervised by Prof. Frank Naets (https://www.kuleuven.be/wieiswie/en/person/00055809 ) and is hosted by the KU Leuven Noise and Vibration Research Group, which currently counts 90 researchers and is headed by Prof. Wim Desmet (https://www.kuleuven.be/wieiswie/en/person/00011973). The group is part of the Mechanical Engineering Department, a vibrant environment of more than 300 researchers. The research group has a long track record of combining excellent fundamental academic research with industrially relevant applications, leading to dissemination in both highly ranked academic journals as well as on industrial fora. More information on the research group can be found on the website: https://www.mech.kuleuven.be/en/research/mod/about and our linked In page: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/noise-&-vibration-research-group/.

Project

This PhD is part of an industrial collaborative project that aims to provide novel solutions to perform co-simulation for flexible multibody models

PhD position on co-simulation methods for flexible multibody, discrete element and lumped parameter models

 ·        This PhD is part of an industrial collaborative project that aims to provide novel solutions to perform co-simulation for flexible multibody models. Flexible multibody simulation methods enable the dynamic analysis for a broad range of mechanical systems. In order to provide a realistic simulation these systems commonly interact with bulk materials, which can be modelled through discrete element models (DEM), and mechatronic drivelines, which can be modelled as lumped parameter or 1D models. However, current co-simulation frameworks which enable the direct combination of these methodologies are extremely expensive to use (in terms of computational load) or are simply non-existent. This project aims to combine novel flexible multibody formulations alongside common DEM an1D modelling tools in order to obtain an efficient framework for full level mechanical system evaluation.

·        Asa researcher within this project you will develop novel numerical schemes tailored to the specific application of coupled flexible multibody – discrete element method – lumped parameter model simulation. Starting from a wide range  of existing methodologies in literature you will investigate which are most suitable for this co-simulation problem, based on physical insight you will adapt them to achieve the best performance, and evaluate how the methodologies can be interfaced with commercial software tools.

·        The PhD will be supervised by Prof. Frank Naets (https://www.kuleuven.be/wieiswie/en/person/00055809) and is hosted by the KU Leuven Noise and Vibration Research Group, which currently counts 90 researchers and is headed by Prof. Wim Desmet (https://www.kuleuven.be/wieiswie/en/person/00011973).The group is part of the Mechanical Engineering Department, a vibrant environment of more than 300 researchers. The research group has a long track record of combining excellent fundamental academic research with industrially relevant applications, leading to dissemination in both highly ranked academic journals as well as on industrial fora. More information on the research group can be found on the website: https://www.mech.kuleuven.be/en/research/mod/about and our linked In page:https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/noise-&-vibration-research-group/.

Profile

If you recognize yourself in the story below, then you have the profile that fits the project and the research group:

·        I have a master degree in engineering, physics or mathematics and performed above average in comparison to my peers.

·        I am proficient in written and spoken English.

·        During my courses or prior (professional)activities, I have gathered experience with numerical simulation tools for mechanical systems, preferably specifically in flexible multibody simulation, I have a good basis on numerical methodologies and programming, and I have a profound interest in these topics. 

·        I have an interest in simulation technology both from using commercial tools, like Sim center Nastran, as well as from methodological development perspective, like implementing numerical algorithms in Mat lab/Python/etc.

·        As a PhD researcher of the KU Leuven Noise and Vibration Research Group I perform research in a structured and scientifically sound manner. I read technical papers, understand the nuances between different theories and implement and improve methodologies myself. 

·        Based on interactions and discussions with my supervisors and the colleagues in my team, I set up and update a plan of approach for the upcoming 1 to 3 months to work towards my research goals. I work with a sufficient degree of independence to follow my plan and achieve the goals. I indicate timely when deviations of the plan are required, if goals cannot be met or if I want to discuss intermediate results or issues.

·        In frequent reporting, varying between weekly to monthly, I show the results that I have obtained and I give a well-founded interpretation of those results. I iterate on my work and my approach based on the feedback of my supervisors which steer the direction of my research.

·        I feel comfortable to work as a team member and I am eager to share my results to inspire and being inspired by my colleagues.

·        I value being part of a large research group which is well connected to the machine and transportation industry and I am eager to learn how academic research can be linked to industrial innovation roadmaps.

·        During my PhD I want to grow towards following up the project that I am involved in and representing the research group on project meetings or conferences. I see these events as an occasion to disseminate my work to an audience of international experts and research colleagues, and to learn about the larger context of my research and the research project.

Offer

·        A remuneration package competitive with industry standards in Belgium, a country with a high quality of life and excellent health care system.

·        An opportunity to pursue a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, typically a 4 year trajectory, in a stimulating and ambitious research environment.  

·        Ample occasions to develop yourself in a scientific and/or an industrial direction. Besides opportunities offered by the research group, further doctoral training for PhD candidates is provided in the framework of the KU Leuven Arenberg Doctoral School(https://set.kuleuven.be/phd), known for its strong focus on both future scientists and scientifically trained professionals who will valorise their doctoral expertise and competences in a non-academic context. More information on the training opportunities can be found on the following link:https://set.kuleuven.be/phd/dopl/whytraining. 

·        A stay in a vibrant environment in the hearth of Europe. The university is located in Leuven, a town of approximately 100 000 inhabitants, located close to Brussels (25km), and 20 minutes by train from Brussels International Airport. This strategic positioning and the strong presence of the university, international research centers, and industry, lead to a safe town with high quality of life, welcome to non-Dutch speaking people and with ample opportunities for social and sport activities. The mixture of cultures and research fields are some of the ingredients making the university of Leuven the most innovative university in Europe (https://nieuws.kuleuven.be/en/content/2018/ku-leuven-once-again-tops-reuters-ranking-of-europes-most-innovative-universities). Further information can be found on the website of the university:https://www.kuleuven.be/english/living

Interested?

To apply for this position, please follow the application tool and enclose:

1.      full CV – mandatory

2.      motivation letter – mandatory

3.      full list of credits and grades of both BSc and MSc degrees (as well as their transcription to English if possible) – mandatory(when you haven’t finished your degree yet, just provide us with the partial list of already available credits and grades)

4.      proof of English proficiency(TOEFL, IELTS, …) -if available

5.      two reference letters - if available

6.      an English version of your MSc or PhD thesis, or of a recent publication or assignment - if available

For more information please contact prof. Frank Naets (frank.naets@kuleuven.be)by mail and mention MODEMA in the title.

You can apply for this job no later than November 30th, 2020via the online application tool

KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.

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KU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.
  • Employment percentage: Voltijds
  • Location: Leuven
  • Apply before: November 30, 2020
  • Tags: Werktuigkunde


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