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Opportunity at Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

In operando Characterization of Polymer Matrix Composites

Location

Materials & Manufacturing, RX/Structural Materials Division

RO# Location
13.25.05.B8105 Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 454337817

Advisers

name email phone
Hilmar Koerner hilmar.koerner.1@us.af.mil 937.255.9277

Description

Current manufacturing processes of polymer matrix composites are time intensive and require special tools. Our research centers on high-temperature polymer thermosets and the understanding of processing conditions that enable robust, advanced part manufacturing processes, such as 3D Printing or resin transfer molding. Specifically, our goal is to develop and confirm advanced capabilities for relating the fundamental principles that govern processes to the evolution of micro/nanostructure, cure chemistry, filler alignment, and their effects on resulting mechanical performance. This includes probing the polymer/filler interaction using advanced characterization methods and the study of in operando structure and morphology evolution. Techniques include X-ray/Neutron scattering (including Synchrotron radiation experiments), electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and rheology. 

 

Keywords:
High-temperature thermosets; Additive manufacturing; Nanocomposites; Scattering; Polymers; Composites; Nanomaterials; in-situ monitoring

Eligibility

Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants

Stipend

Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$76,542.00 $4,000.00

$3,000 Supplement for Doctorates in Engineering & Computer Science

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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