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Opening for Ph.D position in thermal spray modeling at McGill University

 

Simulation of coating buildup of advanced aerospace coatings developed using high-velocity air fuel (HVAF) process.

As part of a collaborative project between different industrial partners and universities, the main objective of the Ph.D. position will be to simulate the high-velocity air fuel (HVAF) process which is being used to develop advanced coatings for aerospace applications.

 

A critical factor affecting the bonding strength between bond coat and topcoat in the thermal barrier coating system is the surface topography. Thus, it is essential to understand the coating build-up process and to accurately predict the surface roughness of bond coat in HVAF deposition. Due to the timescale of particle impact (sub-microsecond), this building process is difficult to be captured in experiments. Thus, numerical modeling must be conducted in addition to the experimental approach. The successful Ph.D. candidate will develop a phenomenological model that predicts the surface profile as a function of material properties and spray conditions.

Finite element and Peridynamics will be used to model the coating process.

 

The project will be supervised by Prof. Jun Song (https://www.mcgill.ca/materials/people-0/faculty/jun-song) at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, in close collaboration with the partners of the project. The position is expected to start at the beginning of 2022.

 

Requirements

The candidate should have a Masters degree in Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related fields. A background in computational mechanics with solid knowledge of continuum mechanics, solid mechanics and numerical methods is required. Prior exposure to finite element tools and/or Peridynamics is desired.

 

Application

Interested candidates are encouraged to send

  • a CV with a list of up to 2 references;
  • transcript(s) of the bachelor and master grades.

The file must be sent to Prof. Jun Song (jun.song2@mcgill.ca) along with a cover letter by e-mail.

 

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