In the framework of the DRIVECOMP project, you will be researching on the topic of structural characterization and testing of composite additively manufactured (AM) materials.
After manufacturing optimization, the mechanical properties of the lightweight materials will be investigated at different scales ranging from the macroscale down to the nanoscale and at different temperatures.
More precisely, properties at the micro and nanoscale will be investigated by nanoindentation and atomic force microscopy (AFM) in nanomechanical mode.
Upon mechanical loading, a competition between orientational mechanisms and damage mechanisms is expected. Those two families of mechanisms will be captured in-situ by advanced techniques (micro-computed x-ray tomography, microscopy, x-ray scattering).
Damage can be generated from the multiple interfaces of the AM composite material. These damage mechanisms will be discussed based on the measured interfacial behaviour and on finite element simulations of representative volume elements.
The gathered knowledge will contribute to hinder or limit damage of these novel materials, ensuring their mechanical performance and durability.
You will be supported by the project team members to bring about the objectives of the PhD thesis, and will actively collaborate to reach the overall goals of the DRIVECOMP project.
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