KU Leuven Kulak’s Science & Technology group provides education in a wide range of undergraduate science programs (as well as transition options to (bio-)engineering and pharmacy), while also making the link to contemporary and cutting-edge research. Within the S&T Kulak group, the research group “Wave Propagation and Signal Processing” includes research into non-destructive techniques for material characterization and defect detection. The focus is on the development of new techniques based on ultrasound waves and the validation of innovative concepts for concrete applications in industry. Using models and numerical simulations, designs are made that are then tested at lab scale and can finally be developed into a prototype.
Ultrasonic techniques are frequently used for non-destructive material characterization and defect detection, e.g. in composite panels used in aerospace or automotive engineering or for the rotor blades of wind turbines. Via the Ultrasonic Polar Scan (UPS) technique, local material properties and defects can be determined and mapped very accurately. The objective of this project is to develop a compact prototype of a UPS, based on a previously developed and numerically simulated design, which is user-friendly and can be flexibly used in industrial applications of ultrasonic non-destructive testing. For this purpose, some technical steps have to be taken: the modular assembly of cylindrical transducers for excitation with phased array receivers on a circular arc with special attention to the reduction of crosstalk, development of a rotation mechanism to rotate the arc around its zenith, optimization of the water/gel coupling between the transmitter-receivers and the object to be inspected, performance testing of the system on metals and composites, and global optimization of the system.We are looking for a collaborator (PhD fellow) who can help us in the practical realization of the Phased-Array based UPS. The goal is to have developed and validated the prototype in 4 years, while also obtaining a PhD.This project is supported in the technical line through a collaboration with the Maaklab from Vives Zuid (Kortrijk) and IBMT (Fraunhofer Institute) regarding design, components and engineering aspects. Bristol University and Ghent University are additional advisors for the academic component and with regard to research validation.In addition to the PhD work, the chosen candidate will also be employed to supervise project work (Problem Solving and Design, Experimental Physics, Mechanics and Electromagnetism Practices, etc) in the Bachelor courses at the Kulak campus in Kortrijk.
The successful candidate must hold a master’s degree in industrial engineering or engineering technology (Electronics, Electromechanics, Dynamics, Automation, Mechatronics), or a master’s degree in engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Materials Engineering), or a master’s degree in physics. Since the focus of the work is in the technical realization and validation of a previously developed design, having practical skills in the field of mechatronics is an absolute requirement.Further:- You have fluent written and oral Dutch or English language skills.- You have experience with and/or a strong interest in teaching a group of (engineering) students from Bachelor programs.- You can work independently and collaborate well in a team. – Knowledge of scientific software such as Python, Matlab, LabVIEW, Comsol, ABAQUS and SolidEdge is a plus.
We offer a full-time employment as a PhD fellow in the Science & Technology Group Kulak for 1 year, with possibility of extension up to 4 years with a view to obtaining a PhD.
For more information please contact Prof. dr. Koen Van Den Abeele, tel.: +32 56 24 62 56, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.You can apply for this job no later than August 10, 2021 via the online application toolKU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.