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Post-Doctoral position available on X-FEM for the simulation of fracture in composites

A one year (renewable) post-doc position is avalaible at the Ecole Centrale of Nantes, France.

The research deals with the simulation of complex cracking patterns in composites using

 the eXtended Finite Element method (X-FEM).


To apply : a CV + name of at least two references.




Dear Nicolas Moes,

I have recently submitted my PhD thesis titled "Studies on the Evaluation of Thermal Stress Intensity Factors for Bi-material Interface Cracks" under the guidence of Prof J. M. Chandra Kishen at Indian Institute of Science, India. 

During the course of my PhD program, I worked on the analytical and computational appraoch for structural and  thermal related bi-material interface fracture problems and worked on my self developed "Finite element & bimaterial interface fracture analysis" code. During my doctoral studies, i have developed interest in the following fileds. 

  • Solid Mechanics
  • Finite Element Method
  • Fracture and Fatigue Analysis
  • Bi-material interface crack Problem

I would be quite interested in working on the above mentioned problem under you as post doctoral candidate. Please, let me know the further details through my E-mail ID. 


Ratnesh khandelwal

PhD. Student, IISc, Bangalore

  Howe Hall Room 1200Iowa State University Ames Iowa 50011 May 20, 2008 Dear Dr. Moes,  I am writing to you for application of the post doc positions on X-FEM for the simulation of fracture in composites. I have been working on micro damage modeling due to wire saw cutting process of brittle materials in my PhD. I am sure that I will be very productive while working with you.  I worked on finite element modeling of composites using homogenization techniques and mechanical testing of rock, concrete and steel during my M.Sc. I have been working on wire saw induced damage on brittle materials in my PhD. Silicon wafers in semi conductor and photo voltaic industries are sliced using wire saw process. Wire saw process is also used to cut piezo ceramics for actuator and sensor applications. I have been making experimental work on wire saw cutting of Alumina ceramics and working on analytical damage models that will relate the wire saw process parameters with roughness and waviness damage on the cut surface. The indentation damage models and contact mechanics are a starting point for me for the development of a wire saw damage model.  I have taken courses on Molecular Dynamics, Continuum Mechanics, Elasticity, Plasticity, Fracture Mechanics and Fatigue, Mechanical Properties of Materials, Finite Elements and Process Engineering. Thus I have a good understanding of mechanics of materials in multi scales.  I can send my resume to you if you can provide me your email. I would be pleased if you can contact me via my email:   Yours sincerely, Egemen TeometeEmail:  

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