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Funded PhD position in Computational Mechanics

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Physically-based modelling of bainitic and martensitic steels for flexible and sustainable power generation and distribution (PrOCCESS)

Position now closed. 

This project, funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), aims to develop multi-scale, physically-based models of deformation and failure in bainitic/martensitic steels, providing explicit links between nano/microstructure and mechanical behaviour of materials. The student will be based at the Bernal Institute ( at the University of Limerick ( in Ireland ( A remote (online) start may be possible initially.

The overall goal is for increased sustainability of engineering components through an improved understanding of material behaviour at the nano/microstructure level, providing optimised nano/microstructures and more accurate design and life prediction tools. The focus of the project will be to understand deformation and damage initiation at the microstructural level, taking account of the complex microstructure of these materials and how the microstructure evolves with time, temperature and stress. The project is in collaboration with NUI Galway, American University Beirut, ESB (Ireland), Wood (Ireland) and GE (UK). The student will focus on computational aspects, including finite-element (FE) modelling using crystal plasticity and discrete dislocation dynamics (DDD) and will work closely with another PhD student (position already filled) who will focus on experimental studies high resolution imaging using scanning and transmission electron microscopy. There will be close contact between the work of the two PhD students. The student will have a knowledge of material science and solid mechanics, ideally with experience of computational methods in solid mechanics, such as the finite element method, and good software skills (e.g. MATLAB, Python).

The successful student will register on a four-year Structured PhD in the Faculty of Science and Engineering within the Bernal Institute at the University of Limerick with fees paid and an annual stipend at SFI rates and will work as part of a larger team on the overall problem of understanding deformation and failure mechanisms of bainitic and martensitic steels.

If you are interested in the position, please send your full CV including the name and email details of two referees to Include the word PROCCESS (with two C’s) in the subject line of the email. 

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