Magnesium-based alloys are some of the most promising materials for future degradable implants. With the help of additive manufacturing, patient-specific implants can be created. However, there is limited knowledge of how to manufacture these types of materials using additive manufacturing. One of the challenges is the high reactivity of magnesium, which leads to evaporation in the chamber and too high levels of intermetallic compounds, resulting in excessive degradation rates. One solution could be amorphous alloys. This project aims to use numerical models to develop such types of materials, and design alloys with appropriate degradation and mechanical properties.
The work duties within this interdisciplinary research project include conducting high-quality research, in collaboration with other team members, from the design and manufacturing of the alloys, to characterization of the same, results analysis and finally publication of the work. The work involves, among other things, to plan and carry out different types of studies in numerical modelling of materials, in particular through thermodynamic calculations and the development of numerical nucleation and growth models and their implementation in finite element software. Some verification experiments are also expected to be completed, including through synchrotron and neutron studies. The work also includes analysing the results and, through scientific articles and presentations at international conferences, spread the new knowledge.
The position may include some supervision of students in undergraduate and postgraduate education.
Application deadline: 25 October 2022!