PhD opportunities

Fluorosilicons, Ageing, Mechanics and Synthesis (FLAMS)

Thesis proposal

Area of expertiseMaterials science and engineering
Doctoral SchoolSystems Engineering, Materials, Mechanics, Energy
Research unitCentre of materials
Starting dateOctober 1st 2021
KeywordsFluorosilicons, Sealing, Viscoelasticity, Lifetime, Ageing
AbstractFluorosilicone is an elastomer used for the sealing of sensitive parts for which the long term (decades) mechanical integrity should be ensured. The sealing quality is essentially dependent on the quasi-incompressibility of the material, this property being supposed to be constant during the whole service life. The present study consists of, first, the determination of the bulk modulus of the materials under study using a dedicated experimental setup. Then its time dependency (viscoelasticity) will be analysed together with the influence of the ageing on both mechanical properties : shear and bulk moduli. A methodology allowing the prediction of the lifetime under sustained load will be proposed for a demonstrator subjected to a gradient of ageing.
ProfileEngineer and / or Master of Science - Good level of general and scientific culture. Good level of knowledge of French (B2 level in french is required) and English. (B2 level in english is required) Good analytical, synthesis, innovation and communication skills. Qualities of adaptability and creativity. Teaching skills. Motivation for research activity. Coherent professional project.

Applicants should supply the following :
• a detailed resume
• a copy of the identity card or passport
• a covering letter explaining the applicant’s motivation for the position
• detailed exam results
• two references : the name and contact details of at least two people who could be contacted
• to provide an appreciation of the candidate
• Your notes of M1, M2
• level of English equivalent TOEIC
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FundingContrat de recherche