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Project description: Structural failure in the aerospace, civil and energy sectors can be life threatening for users/passengers and financially catastrophic for operators and the manufacturer. This is the main reason for which critical structures (i.e. aircrafts, wind turbines etc.) spend large part of their lifecycle under inspection with the accompanied costs being significant. On-line detection and characterization of minor failures within complex (composite as well as 3D printed) structures can lead to a radical reduction of this cost and eventually cheaper and safer transport and energy production.
Applications are invited for a fully funded, full-time PhD post within the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University. The successful candidate will be affiliated and work within the renowned Noise and Vibration Research Group of KU Leuven. She/He will be based at the Ghent Technology Campus with regular visits and full access to equipment at the main campus in Leuven.
The successful candidate will be expected to make significant contributions to the development of robust damage identification tools for complex industrial structures. Applicants should be able to demonstrate consistent knowledge in the areas of engineering dynamics and/or numerical modelling and/or data post-processing.
This funding call is open to all EU and International applicants.
Keywords: Structural Health Monitoring, Ultrasound and Vibration, Composites, 3D Printed Structures, Damage, Identification, Structural Health Prognosis, Bayesian Statistics, Machine Learning
The contract is offered initially for 1 year with an extension up to 4 years after a positive evaluation. Applications should be submitted through KU Leuven’s online platform with detailed CV, short motivation letter and degree transcripts attached.