Center for Composite Materials - University of Delaware

Postdoctoral Research


Computational ModelingUniv. of Pittsburgh and Army Research Laboratory Program:

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to conduct nano-mechanical to micro-mechanical modeling of UHMWPE fibers and [0/90] sub-laminates in predicting the continuum properties for unidirectional and [0/90] sub-laminates. Conduct meso-mechanical and continuum modeling of transverse impact on soft-ballistic and hard-ballistic armor pack. Conduct parametric simulations in LS-DYNA using a usermat umat41. Validate all computational predictions with experimental measurements.

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Machine LearningMaterials in Extreme Dynamic Environments (MEDE) Program:

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to develop the machine learning framework for glass fiber-matrix interphase considering wide range of resins and sizing chemistry; variability in interphase topology – monolayer versus multi-layer sizing; and pressure/temp/strain rate effects. Input data for the machine learning should be generated from all-atom and/or coarse-grain (CG) MD simulations.

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Polymer Modeling Physics of Soldier Protection Program:

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to assist us developing strain-rate and structure dependent constitutive model for thermoplastic polymers (PE and TPU) and to understand their interaction mechanism with ceramics (SiC and B4C) for high velocity impact applications using MD simulations.

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U.S. Army CCDC Army Research Laboratory

Composites Research, Engineering and Advanced Technology (CREATE) Program:
– Experience using microscopic characterization (optical microscopy, SEM, etc.), mechanical testing (tensile, compression, shear, etc.) and continuum level simulation of composite materials to
study the role that microscopic structure and damage mechanisms influence observed macroscopic properties.
– Must be in the US with valid work authorization.
– Email your resume to Kristen Scully

CCM is always seeking qualified postdoctoral candidates for continuing and new programs. Postdocs with expertise in any of the Center’s research areas -materials and synthesis, mechanics and design, processing science, sensing and control, performance, and multifunctional materials – are encouraged to apply at any time, email your resume to Kristen Scully.

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