We offer a 4-year PhD position in non-destructive testing (NDT) and characterization of (natural) fiber reinforced materials (e.g. wood and technical composites) using air-coupled (ultra)sound. The goal is to implement and investigate a low-frequency air-coupled Ultrasonic Polar Scan method in order to extract stiffness parameters of the insonified material. Alternatively to the air-coupled ultrasound system, the researcher will also work with a high-end 3D Infrared Scanning Laser Doppler Vibrometer (3D IR SLDV) for measuring guided wave phenomena. These guided wave phenomena can then also be analyzed and post-processed to extract different material parameters.
This 4-year PhD project involves both experimental and numerical research on the characterization of (natural) fiber reinforced materials using air-coupled ultrasound and scanning laser Doppler vibrometry. This research is in close collaboration with KULeuven-KULAK, and you will collaborate with several other PhD students and postdoctoral researchers.
Who do we look for ? You have obtained a Master degree in Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, (Applied) Physics or similar. You are interested to perform research on non-destructive testing of composite materials. You have affinity with LabVIEW and/or MATLAB. You are interested to interact and collaborate with other researchers.