Postdoc Constant and Variable Amplitude Fatigue Resistance Similarity

Postdoc Constant and Variable Amplitude Fatigue Resistance Similarity

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This Postdoc position offers a unique opportunity to apply fundamental research related to fatigue damage accumulation of welded joints, towards an innovative maritime application.

Job description

This Postdoc position is meant to develop and validate a combination of advanced fatigue damage criteria and non-linear (loading & response and resistance induced) damage accumulation models applicable for fatigue design.

Since improving the fatigue design is quite effective in reducing the total cost of ownership, i.e. risk (uncertainty), your first aim is to revise and continue the development of the Total Stress and Effective Notch Stress fatigue strength criteria - adopting respectively an intact and cracked geometry - and corresponding constant amplitude fatigue resistance curves for welded joints in steel structures.

In order to provide fatigue strength and life time estimates in (random) variable amplitude loading & response conditions for design purposes, a non-linear damage accumulation model has to be developed. Particular attention is supposed to be paid to loading & response (e.g. mean stress sensitive sequence effects and time/frequency domain considerations) and resistance contributions. Artificial Intelligence techniques (e.g. Bayesian Inference) could be involved.

Last but not least, validation of the damage accumulation model is envisaged conducting fatigue tests with small scale specimens for different type of loading & response spectra (narrow-band, wide-band, storm, hull-structure monitoring based). An equivalent Total Stress and Effective Notch Stress criterion have to be established, showing that variable amplitude test data fits the constant amplitude test data scatter band.

This position fits within a joint industry project, FReady: a fleat ready combination of physical and virtual hull structure monitoring. The overall project aim is to improve the strength and resistance assessment for improved (fatigue) design and maintenance decisions.


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


We are looking for an outstanding and enthusiastic Postdoc candidate with a focus on formulation (modelling), validation (testing) as well as application (engineering). In particular:

  • Knowledge about fatigue in structures and materials at PhD level is required, preferably involving welded joints.
  • Expertise in strength of materials and (maritime) structural dynamics.
  • Good mathematical skills and some experience in modelling of physics.
  • With (finite element) programming skills (preferably in Matlab and Ansys).
  • You have obtained a PhD degree or expect to maintain such a degree very soon.
  • Excellent spoken and written English and the ability to work independently are expected.

Note that a minimum TOEFL score of 100 or IELTS of 7.0 applies to all candidates wishing to pursue a PhD programme at TU Delft.

Conditions of employment

Fixed-term contract: 1 year.

Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities. The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, discounts on health insurance, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged.

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Faculty Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering

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  • Postdoc
  • Engineering
  • 38—40 hours per week
  • €3226—€5090 per month
  • Doctorate
  • TUD04902


Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)

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