Opening - Ph.D. students in Materials Engineering
I am currently accepting applications for two Ph.D. students starting in January 2012. The students will join my research group in the Materials Engineering department at McGill University. Students in my research group are trained to be world class researchers in the fields of surface engineering and coatings tribology.
The first student will work on a project using in situ tribometry to characterize hard coatings prepared by CVD and PVD techniques. They will also conduct discrete element modeling of the wear process under the co-supervision of Prof. Peter Radziszewski, Mechanical Engineering, McGill University. The student will characterize and test tribological coatings and study in-depth the role of third bodies in the friction and wear performance. Coatings will be prepared by our collaborators at Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Prof. Ludvik Martinu and Dr. Jolanta Klemberg-Sapieha.
The second student will work on a project using nanoindentation to determine the mechanical properties of shot peened materials. The indentation testing will be used to determine local mechanical properties that will be used as an input for finite element analysis to simulate peening. Indentation strain rate will be varied. The indentation methods will also be used to examine the effect of peening on the real materials, indenting profiles on peened surfaces in cross-section and correlating the mechanical properties with microstructural characterization. This is a large industry and government funded project with Ph.D. and Masters students at McGill, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal and Ecole de Technologie Superieure.