High-throughput strategies to simulate the mechanical behavior of polycrystals


Ref. num. 2023-JLL-R2-105

High-throughput strategies to simulate the mechanical behavior of polycrystals

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The Bio/Chemo/Mechanics of Materials ( research group is looking for a post-doctoral research associate to work on the simulation of the mechanical behavior of polycrystals will be carried out through the finite element simulation of a representative volume element of the microstructure. Crystal plasticity models that take into account slip transfer/blocking across grain boundaries will be used to simulate the elasto-plastic behavior of the grains while cohesive surfaces will be used to simulate grain boundary fracture. The simulation results will be used to train a machine learning model able to predict the effect of microstructure on the deformation and fracture of polycrystals


The candidate should hold a PhD (or demonstrate that he/she is very close to defend the doctoral thesis) in Materials Science or Mechanics of Materials.

Expertise in finite element simulations, crystal plasticity and computational homogenisation as well as experience in microstructure and mechanical characterisation of polycrystals will be valued.

Fluent English (oral and written) is required


Selected candidates will be offered a full-time contract with social security coverage as a post-doctoral research associate until June 30th, 2024.

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