25/03/2021
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VAC-2021-38 - PhD Position in Computational Design & Analysis of Engineering Metamaterials

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  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Centre Internacional de Mètodes Numèrics en la Enginyeria
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    Engineering
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    31/05/2021 12:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Spain › Barcelona
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Temporary
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    40

OFFER DESCRIPTION

Title of the PhD project: Computational design and optimization of wireless power transfer (WPT) metamaterials

Electrical energy is object of an increasing interest in the challenge of replacement of contaminating energies (fuel-based energies) by clean energies, especially in the automotive sector. The “Wireless Power Transfer” (WPT) term stands for the wireless” (through-air) transmission of electrical energy via two sequential energy-transform processes:

1) The emitted electric energy is transformed, via a specifically designed coil placed in the initial position, in a magnetic flow ruled by the classical Maxwell’s laws for electromagnetic induction,

2) This magnetic flow reaches a second, coil placed at a certain distance and position, that makes the inverse function: transforms the magnetic flow into electrical energy (the absorbed electrical energy). As a result, the electrical energy has been wirelessly transported, which, in addition, can be done dynamically (the two points can be moving from one another).

The challenge to be addressed is the enormous loss of efficiency (power losses) when the distance between the emitter and receiver points goes beyond a few centimeters, which precludes the use of WPT for many practical purposes [1]. The idea behind the proposed research is to contribute to solving the challenge of these losses by designing materials for coils [2], with unusual properties (electromagnetic meta-materials) to “amplify” the intensity of the magnetic flow by using architected multi-scale topology optimized coils, to exploit the phenomenon of “electromagnetic-resonance”. The phenomenon is somehow the “inverse” of the “acoustic resonance” one successfully used in the group for achieving high efficiency attenuating acoustic meta-materials [3].

The applications of this technology are multiple [1], e.g.., fast and efficient battery recharging (in service stations) by electrical cars positioned on fixed or moving WPT devices, selective dynamic exchange of electrical energy “donated” from fuel-powered cars to electrical cars” in roadways, among many others.

The functions assigned to the candidate will be:

  • Complete a PhD on Structural Engineering at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – Barcelona Tech. The candidate is expected to complete the PhD thesis in a maximum of three years.
  • Collaborate with various research groups within CIMNE and worldwide.
  • To publish a minimum of two papers in JCR journals during the PhD period, author and co-author articles in high-impact international journals
  • Carry out quality research, training and management.
  • Participate on the dissemination and outreach activities associated with the project
  • Participate in international conferences presenting her/his work

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Offer Requirements

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL
    Engineering: Master Degree or equivalent
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGES
    ENGLISH: Excellent

Specific Requirements

  1. Master degree in Aeronautical, Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Engineering, Physics, or similar.
  2. Deep acquaintance with numerical modelling and simulation (computational mechanics)
  3. Familiar with scientific coding languages (Matlab, Python, C++ etc…) and good abilities for scientific programming.
  4. Knowledge of English.

Work location(s)
1 position(s) available at
Centre Internacional de Mètodes Numèrics en la Enginyeria
Spain
Barcelona
08034
C/Gran capità S/N, Edifici C-1, Campus Nord UPC

EURAXESS offer ID: 620120

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