PhD positions in Computational Mathematics, NTNU

Two positions are offered at NTNU, Norway, within the EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks in the project “Joint Training on Numerical Modelling of Highly Flexible Structures for Industrial Applications [THREAD]”.

THREAD addresses the mechanical modelling, mathematical formulations and numerical methods for highly flexible slender structures like yarns, cables, hoses or ropes that are essential parts of high-performance engineering systems. The complex response of such structures in real operational conditions is far beyond the capabilities of current virtual prototyping tools. With 14 new PhD positions at 12 universities and research institutions in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, Norway, Slovenia and Spain, the project brings mechanical engineers and mathematicians together around major challenges in industrial applications and open-source simulation software development. It establishes an innovative modelling chain starting from detailed 3D modelling and experimental work to build validated 1D nonlinear rod models, which are then brought to a system-level simulation thanks to the outstanding numerical properties of the developed algorithms. This holistic approach combines advanced concepts in experimental and theoretical structural mechanics, non-smooth dynamics, computational geometry, discretization methods and geometric numerical integration and will enable the next generation of virtual prototyping.

The two positions at NTNU, denoted ESR4 and ESR5 have work titles

ESR4: Data driven modelling of cables and hoses

ESR5: Novel practical numerical methods for mechanical problems on Lie groups and manifolds and their implementation

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Job location: 
Department of Mathematical Sciences
7491 Trondheim
Contact and application information
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
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Graduate student fellowships