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Numerical simulation of solidification experiments for levitated steel samples, on ground and in the international space station
MINES ParisTech, Valbonne - Sophia Antipolis
Materials Science Mechanical Engineering Mathematics (applied) 
Full Description:

Presentation of the establishment and the laboratory of reception:

The CEMEF is a European leader in the field of research on material processing (metals and polymers). Approximately 160 people - including 70 PhD students are performing research
designed to get in depth understanding of forming processes. The main expertise
is on thermal, mechanical and physical modeling, numerical simulation,
processing, physics and chemical physics. In the field of polymers, the main
research areas are:

· Polymers physics: Crystallisation (quiescent, under flow), flow of suspension, polymer
rheology, dispersion of porous aggregates.

· Simulation: Modelling of the main polymer forming processes, software development.
Injection molding (Rem3D®), extrusion (Ludovic®), blow molding (TForm®), sheet
forming, etc.

· Surface science: Surface reactivity, adhesive bonding, friction, lubrication, wear.

Thesis work description:

The numerical model developed at CEMEF requires improvements, including          

- the role of the interfacial tension between the liquide and the air,         

- surface-tension induced convection,         

- coupling with multicomponent microsegregation models,

- decoupling of the dynamic of the metal-gas boundary in the solid-gas and liquid-gas interfaces,    

- description of the solidification structure,         

- development of accurate numerical methods for the solution of transport equations.This work could be part of the improvements of TherCast, the software solution for casting developed with partner TRANSVALOR.


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Posted on: 11 May 2016Deadline to apply: 29 July 2016Start Date: 03 October 2016 Duration: 36 months
The Fund category is Public Funding - Region (State) and the salary is 25-30k€ annual gross
Doctoral School is Fundamental and applied sciences in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region.

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