2020-05-Offer for a Thesis Allowance - Subject: Development of Thermoplastic Automated Tape Placement process considering photopolymerization possibilities

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Offer for a Thesis AllowanceSubject: Development of Thermoplastic Automated Tape Placement process considering photopolymerization possibilities

Scientific context

The development of thermoplastic composite materials and their processing is a challenge for the years to come, indeed the possibilities offered by these materials are without appeal since they offer an incredible ratio mechanical performance on density, moreover they can very easily be endowed with particular properties, multiple functionalities, and even gradient properties in a wide range of areas, as well offer the possibility of being recycled.

All these aspects make for sure thermoplastic composite materials the materials of tomorrow.

However today, although applications using these materials are more and more numerous, they are not up to what could be expected, neither in quantity nor quality, with production rates that are often limited. In addition, the proposed applications are quite specific and it seems rather difficult to adapt an existing production to another material for example or conversely for the same material, easily change the geometry of a part or its forming process chain.

The origins may be summarized in: (i) the cost, (ii) the difficulty of implementation. It is for example, difficult to organize a customized production while controlling costs. As it is difficult to master a production that unusually concentrates very varied physics, at multiple scales, which can have dramatic impacts on the quality of the parts. Moreover, at all scales of the product and at all stages of implementation, the uncertainty about the quality of the material, the part and the process is omnipresent. All these sourcesadd up and feed the difficulty of implementation.

The AWESOME Chair (mAnufacturing of neW gEneration Sustainable and therMoplastic coMpositEs) – ARKEMA / CANOE / UPPA - offers an unexpected framework since it brings together quality partners with broad and varied skills with regard to the multi-disciplinary nature of the problem. Each partner being equipped with complementary technological platforms and innovative characterizations techniques, going from the matter at its molecular scale, to the part even at high production rate, and covering modeling, engineering, simulation and data scopes, to face an advanced and smart application that focus at more exploiting the possibilities offered by composite materials, and in this sense in break with the productions of composite parts currently existing.

 

Keywords: modeling, multiphysics, surfaces, topography, rheology of composite prepreg, consolidation process, Wave / matter interactions, Thermoplastic composites, Thermal instrumentation, thermal modeling

 

Expected activities

Multiscale approach, numerical simulation (75%).

Experimental work: device design, measurements in process real conditions (25%).

 

Working conditions

Hosting laboratories: Institute of Analytical Sciences and Physical Chemistry for Environment and Materials (IPREM), UMR CNRS 5254.

Laboratory expertise: The Institute of Analytical Sciences and Physical Chemistry for the Environment and Materials (IPREM) is a mixedresearch unit of the National Research Centrefor Science (CNRS) and of the UPPA (UMR 5254).Research activities focus onthe development of fundamental knowledge in physical chemistry, analytical chemistry and microbiology, in relation to applications concerning the structure of living matter, environmental monitoringand the functional properties of different classes of materials.Analytical strategies, modelling, physicochemical approaches, fine studies of structures and reactivity, development, characterization and implementation at different length scales are the major skills available in the institute, which enable an original positioningin severalfieldsof application andin variousindustrial sectors atbothnational and international levels.IPREM is locatedon 4 different sites: Pau (Helioparc and UPPACampus), Anglet and Mont de Marsan.

Localisation: Technopôle Helioparc, 2 avenue Pierre Angot, 64053 Pau Cedex 9, France

PhD supervisor: Anaïs Barasinski

Starting date: October 2020

Length: 3 years

Employer: UPPA, doctoral school ED 211 Doctoral School of Exact Sciences and their Applications

Gross monthly salary: 1878€ / month
(UPPA doctoral contract which includes extra gratification for teaching duties – 32h per year)

 

Required skills and competences - Who can apply ?

The ideal candidate has a Master degree in Chemistry with, if possible, an emphasis on materials shaping, polymers and composites.

He/She is passionate for identifying solutions to environment related concerns and for multidisciplinary research.

A previous experience would be a plus.

The candidate should have a strong predilection for laboratory work. Team working abilities are highly appreciated. 

He/She is curious, rigorous and highly motivated, with the capacity to work autonomously.

Fluency in English/French and good writing skills are required.

 

Application - Evaluation criteria

Application file assessment: Selection committee

Application files will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Candidate's motivation, scientific maturity and curiosity
  • Candidate's basic knowledge and experimental skills
  • Academic results : grades and ranking in Licence/undergraduate, M1 and M2 ; steadiness in the academic background
  • English language proficiency
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Candidate’s ability to present her/his work and results
  • Professional experience (e.g. Work experience similar to an internship in a laboratory – or likewise, any previously achieved research work, reports, publications ...)


Application file composition and submission deadline

Application must be sent to the following email addresses with the title “Doctoral application”: anais.barasinski @ univ-pau.fr and the following documents attached (altogether, in a single pdf file):

  • CV (max 2 pages) including the publication list when applicable
  • Cover letter detailing the candidate's motivations (max 2 pages)
  • Copy of your Bachelor and Master diplomas as well as academic records (marks and ranking)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Contact details ( Name and e-mail addresses) of 2 referees (including the Master thesis supervisor)

 

Submission deadline : June 30th, 2020

 

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