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Faculty of Engineering
Department of Marine Technology

PhD position in 4D printing of intelligent marine structures

PhD position in 4D printing of intelligent marine structures (IV-126/17)

4D printing is a very new and innovative technology, which combines the advantages of 3D printing and smart materials. An example of smart materials are shape memory materials, which can “remember” a specific, pre-defined configuration. Under a specific stimulus like heat, humidity, or an electric impulse, they automatically deform into their “programmed” shape. The combination of such materials with 3D printing allows the design of smart structures of very complex geometry. In addition, 3D printing allows the combination of different smart materials with a different timely reaction to the stimulus, such that programmable structures, which autonomously deform in a precisely defined way, can be created. This novel technology has a huge potential for designing intelligent marine structures with adaptive shapes and functionality as well as self-assembling and self-repairing structures, which can find important applications in deep sea and other remote operational areas.

The aim of this work is to study the technology of 4D printing with shape memory polymers and to develop mathematical and numerical models to describe the thermomechanical behavior of such structures. The research will include experimental work for getting a good understanding of 3D and 4D printing processes and the thermomechanical properties of the printed material. This knowledge will then be used to develop appropriate material models, which shall be implemented into a finite element program for structural analysis. The goal is to use numerical simulation for finding the optimal material distribution in 4D printed structures based on the specified functionality.

The research work takes place in the Marine Structures group at the Department of Marine Technology and will be associated to the research center of excellence “Centre for Autonomous Systems and Operations” (AMOS). Furthermore, there will be the possibility to collaborate with Sintef Ocean.

Candidates should have a Master’s degree in materials science, marine, civil, or mechanical engineering, marine cybernetics or marine control systems, or similar, with an average grade of B or better according to either NTNU’s or the ECTS grading system. Candidates from universities outside Norway are kindly requested to send a Diploma Supplement or a similar document, which describes in detail the study and grade system and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree: http://ec.europa.eu/education/tools/diploma-supplement_en.htm

Candidates should have a very good knowledge in mechanics of materials and structures as well as in finite element analysis with programming experience. Experience with 3D printing and experimental mechanical testing are of advantage. Good English skills are also required.

PhD Candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross NOK 432,300 before tax. There will be a 2 % deduction to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund from gross wage.

Engagement as a PhD Candidate is done in accordance with “Regulation concerning terms and conditions of employment for the posts of post-doctoral research fellow, research fellow, research assistant and resident”, given by the Ministry of Education and Research of 19.07.2010. The goal of the positions is to obtain a PhD degree. Applicants will engage in an organized PhD training program, and appointment requires approval of the applicants plan for a PhD study within three months from the date of commencement.

The fellowship is awarded for either 3 or 4 years, in the latter case with teaching duties corresponding to 25% of the total work load.

For further information about the position, please contact Assoc. Prof. Josef Kiendl at: josef.kiendl@ntnu.no or +47 73595589

See http://www.ntnu.edu/ivt/phd for more information.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants. The positions adhere to the Norwegian Government's policy of balanced ethnicity, age and gender. Women are encouraged to apply.

The application
The application must contain information of educational background and work experience. Certified copies of transcripts and reference letters should be enclosed. Applications with CV, grade transcripts and other enclosures should be submitted via this webpage at www.jobbnorge.no. Mark the application with IV-126/17.

Start-up date may be discussed, but tentatively August 2017

Application deadline is 02 June 2017

According to the new Freedom of Information Act, information concerning the applicant may be made public even if the applicant has requested not to be included in the list of applicants.

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    2. juni 2017
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    NTNU - Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet
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    Department of Marine Technology
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