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From constituent properties to the mechanical behaviour of composite structures (FIBREMOD ESR02)
Mines ParisTech, Evry
Centre des Matériaux
Mechanical Engineering Materials Science Metrology 
Full Description:

The PhD enrolment will be at MINES ParisTech (also known as École des Mines de Paris, created in 1783 by order of Louis XVI) which is a graduate school (Grande École) in Science, Engineering and Economics. It is a founding member of “Paris Sciences et Lettres (PSL) – Research University”, which brings together a number of the most prestigious graduate schools and universities in Paris. A strategy of intense industrial collaboration is at the heart of the MINES ParisTech model, making it the number one French graduate school by the volume of contractual research. The Centre des Matériaux, located in Evry (35 km south of Paris), is one of the largest laboratories of MINES (employing 180 people) and belongs to the Mechanical and Materials Engineering department of the graduate school.

Subject of the thesis:

This position is part of FiBreMoD (Fibre break models for designing novel composite microstructures and applications), an Innovative Training Network with 6 academic and 6 industrial partners in Belgium, UK, France, Germany, Israel and Netherlands. FiBreMoD’s goal is to train 13 researchers to become multi-talented and interdisciplinary experts in understanding, characterising and predicting failure of fibre-reinforced composites. Such researchers will be highly coveted by industries using lightweight materials (e.g. aeronautics, automotive, energy), which currently overdesign components due to a lack of reliable design methods for composites.

Applications are invited for a 3-year research position in the field of advanced experimental methods for characterising fibre-reinforced composite materials with a focus on the characterisation of single fibres and in situ matrix properties. This research position will lead to the award of a doctoral degree delivered by MINES ParisTech, PSL – Research University. The post is supported by an allowance provided by the European Union. Candidates must fulfil the eligibility criteria for this award: i.e. (i) not residing in France for at least 24 months in the last 3 years, and (ii) having less than 4 years of research experience.

The successful candidate will be based in France but spend work periods in England (University of Southampton and Dia-Stron company) and Israel (Weizmann Institute of Science).

The key challenge of this PhD project is to improve the practical execution of single fibre tests and provide an automated and robust experimental methodology. The development of a multiaxial measurement solution to characterise the anisotropy of fibres will also allow a better understanding of the mechanical behaviour of both carbon fibres and the in-situ matrix. These properties must be at the base of modelling the non-linear, time-dependent and multiaxial microstructural behaviour of composites. It is desirable that the candidate should be able to demonstrate experimental and practical capabilities. The position includes 2-months secondments at the University of Southampton (to gain an advanced understanding of experimental validation with computed tomography), Dia-Stron Company (England) to work on the automation of the single fibre test and to characterise fibre anisotropy and Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel) to gain an understanding on the polymer science behind the manufacture of fibres reinforced resins.

Candidates profile:

The successful applicant will be an enthusiastic and self-motivated person who meets the academic requirements for enrolment for the doctoral degree at MINES ParisTech. You will have (or be about to obtain) an MSc (or equivalent) degree in engineering or material science, preferably with a focus on composite materials. Eligible applications will be assessed on the applicant’s (i) academic qualifications, (ii) background on materials modelling, (iii) technical skills, (iv) communication
skills, and (v) motivation for the project.

Very good spoken English and writing skills are required (MINES ParisTech requires a minimum score of 785 points on the TOEIC or equivalent international test); Female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application procedure:

For further details of the PhD enrolment, please contact Dr. Sébastien Joannès ( by mentioning the reference “FIBREMOD ESR02” in the subject line. Interested applicants should send a covering letter and an up-to-date curriculum vitae to Dr. Sébastien Joannès on the above e-mail address using the same reference (“FIBREMOD ESR02”).

Posted on: 09 August 2016Deadline to apply: 31 August 2016Start Date: 03 October 2016 Duration: 36 months
The Fund category is Public Funding - Region (State) and the salary is 40-45k€ annual gross
Doctoral School is Doctoral program in sciences of engineering in the Ile-de-France Region.

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