PhD Position Modeling and Monitoring of Fiber-reinforced Composite Ships Under Extreme Loads

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 06 Jun 2024

17 May 2024
Job Information

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
Research Field

Researcher Profile

First Stage Researcher (R1)

Application Deadline

6 Jun 2024 - 21:59 (UTC)
Type of Contract

Job Status

Not Applicable
Hours Per Week

Is the job funded through the EU Research Framework Programme?

Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job related to staff position within a Research Infrastructure?


Offer Description

Fiber-reinforced composite (FRC) structural members offer significant potential for ships, including reduced weight, corrosion resistance, enhanced strength-to-weight ratio, optimized performance, noise and vibration reduction. These can lead to improved operational effectiveness, maintenance schemes, and crew comfort. Next to these advantages, utilization of composite materials for fast ocean-going vessels also requires addressing a number of outstanding challenges, e.g. operation under extreme loading and the effect on structural integrity. Slamming loads or greenwater loads, together referred to as (wave) impact loads, can induce heavily-stressed locations in the composite member through (often invisible) delamination, fiber breakage, matrix cracking, etc. leading to a reduced fatigue lifetime of the structure.

This project deals with an in-depth investigation of slamming loads on FRC hulls and superstructures. The study will focus on improved analysis and understanding of slamming loads, possibilities for monitoring these loads using on-board and/or embedded sensor systems, data-driven estimation of stress state in heavily-loaded areas due to slamming loads, and assessment of micro- and macro-damage incurred to the structure under such

loading conditions that can affect the lifetime of the vessel. Collaboration with highly-recognized (industrial) partners and other PhD researchers involved in the program is envisaged.

Specific Requirements

We are looking for an outstanding and enthusiastic PhD candidate with focus on developing new methodologies for modeling and monitoring of wave impact loads on ship structures. In particular, the candidate is expected to have:

  • Fundamental knowledge and understanding about maritime structures in waves.
  • Established expertise (e.g. through courses or research projects) in modeling and/or monitoring of maritime structures in waves.
  • Familiarity with fiber-reinforced composite materials and structures.
  • Good mathematical skills and experience in numercial methods for structures and/or fluids.
  • Good programming skills (e.g. Matlab, Python).

You have obtained an MSc or equivalent degree or expect to maintain such a degree very soon. Excellent spoken and written English and the ability to work independently are expected. Note that a minimum TOEFL score of 100 or IELTS of 7.0 applies to all candidates wishing to pursue a PhD programme at TU Delft.

Doing a PhD at TU Delft requires English proficiency at a certain level to ensure that the candidate is able to communicate and interact well, participate in English-taught Doctoral Education courses, and write scientific articles and a final thesis. For more details please check the Graduate Schools Admission Requirements .

Additional Information

Doctoral candidates will be offered a 4-year period of employment in principle, but in the form of 2 employment contracts. An initial 1,5 year contract with an official go/no go progress assessment within 15 months. Followed by an additional contract for the remaining 2,5 years assuming everything goes well and performance requirements are met.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, increasing from € 2770 per month in the first year to € 3539 in the fourth year. As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment with an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor. The Doctoral Education Programme is aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

For international applicants, TU Delft has the Coming to Delft Service . This service provides information for new international employees to help you prepare the relocation and to settle in the Netherlands. The Coming to Delft Service offers a Dual Career Programme for partners and they organise events to expand your (social) network.

Selection process

Are you interested in this vacancy? Please apply no later than 6 June 2024 via the application button and upload:

  • A detailed CV including your contact information.
  • An academic record.
  • Contact information of at least two references.

Please note:

  • A pre-employment screening can be part of the selection procedure.
  • You can apply online. We will not process applications sent by email and/or post.
  • Please do not contact us for unsolicited services.

Additional comments

For more information about this vacancy contact HR-advisor Anita van Vianen, email: [email protected] .

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Delft University of Technology
Postal Code
2628 CD
Mekelweg 2

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Mekelweg 2
Postal Code

2628 CD


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