Currtently, the chair Mechanics of Materials has the following vacancies for PhD students:

Predictive modelling of mechanical anisotropy in oriented semi-crystalline polymers based on morphological characteristics

During processing of a polymer, the material is subjected to conditions that often result in an oriented microstructure, leading to anisotropic properties. In semicrystalline polymers, structural features such as the degree of crystallinity and crystal type, size and orientation strongly influence their mechanical properties. This project will focus on the development of a macroscopic constitutive model describing the anisotropic yield behaviour of oriented polyethylene films, based on a combination of experimental characterization and micromechanical modelling and of which the parameters depend on morphological characteristics.

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