1 PhD position on “Experimental and Numerical Analysis of Advanced 3D Woven CFRP and Hybrid Composites”

1 PhD position on “Experimental and Numerical Analysis of Advanced 3D Woven CFRP and Hybrid Composites”

The scientific research project will be headed by Dr. Serra Topal (Sabanci University), and includes Dr. Hatice Sinem Sas Cayci (Sabanci University) and Dr. Adnan Kefal (Istanbul Technical University), and be conducted in Sabanci University Composite Technologies Center of Excellence (Istanbul). The project duration is 3 years.

 

Topic

3D woven fabric materials have recently attracted significant attention in the science and technology area, as they offer superior resistance to delamination compared to their 2D woven or unidirectional fibre reinforced composite counterparts. Only recently, 3D woven carbon composite fan blades were designed for the next generation GE engines in aircrafts. To date, progress toward 3D woven fabric reinforced polymeric composites is still hampered by the deficient knowledge on their predictive models and structure-property relationships under various loading conditions.


Required: 

  • Bachelor’s/Master degree in: material science, chemistry, physical chemistry, mechanical engineering, or aerospace engineering
  • Excellent written and oral communication/presentation skills in English
  • Good knowledge of materials science
  • Interest/Experience in advanced numerical methods

Advantageous:

  • Good knowledge on 3D technical drawing/modeling
  • Basic knowledge about finite element analysis (FEA) theory
  • Experience in meso/macro-scale component modeling with ANSYS/Abaqus

What we offer

  • Highly stimulating interdisciplinary environment with unique access to state-of-the-art production, characterization and testing tools of composite materials, cutting edge research facilities and collaborations at IMC CTCE
  • Work place at the CTCE located close to the international Sabiha Gokcen Airport of Turkey’s historical city Istanbul, which is a large, tolerant and cosmopolitan city offering a wide variety of culture, art, music, and outdoor opportunities
  • Campus located 20 minutes shuttle distance to the research center, including opportunities to accommodation, health and social services


Your application
Interested candidates should submit their:

1- curriculum vitae listing education, research experience,  work experience, career breaks (if any), published publications (unpublished work will not be considered), contact info (max. 5 pages, Word/PDF)

2- a statement on their motivation for joining the group and their career objective (max. 1 page, Word/PDF)

Copies of academic transcripts, and names/contacts of two references might be required in the forthcoming stages.

Please do not email any other staff member in the institute. Applications will be archived by the job poster.

Dr. Serra Topal
serrat@sabanciuniv.edu
Sabanci University

4 PhD Positions in: 3-year TUBITAK Aeronautics&Aerospace Research Project

4 PhD positions on “Atmospheric Plasma Activation as an innovative, economic, environment-friendly method to improve the mechanical bonding properties of high-performance thermosetting and thermoplastic carbon-fibre reinforced composites”

The scientific research project will be headed by Dr. Serra Topal (Sabanci University/SU), and includes Dr. Bertan Beylergil (Alanya Alaaddin Keykubat University/ALKU) and Dr. Cem Ozturk (Kordsa Inc.) together with Dr. Burcu Saner Okan (SU), and be conducted in SU Composite Technologies Center of Excellence (CTCE, Istanbul). The project duration is 3 years.

The topic

Atmospheric plasma activation (APA) is an innovative method for surface treatment to prepare the metallic/composite surfaces especially for bonding with adhesives, which offers unmatched advantages in aerospace&aeronautics applications compared to mechanical bonding techniques. This project aims to apply APA on high performance thermosetting and thermoplastic CFRPs, both in small-scale parametric studies and large-scale with the integration of multiple nozzles on robotic arm.

Required: all 4 PhD applicants

  • Bachelor’s or Master degree in: materials science, chemistry, polymer chemistry, physical chemistry, mechanical engineering, or aerospace engineering
  • Excellent written an oral communication/presentation skills in English
  • Good knowledge of materials science


2 PhD applicants: “Composite production, testing” (“PhD-1-2”)

  • Basic knowledge in fibre-reinforced polymeric composites
  • Good knowledge on mechanical testing

1 PhD applicant: “Robotic integration, composite production” (to study with Dr. Lutfi Taner Tunc, SU) (“PhD-3”)

  • Good knowledge on machine dynamics, robotics, kinematics
  • Basic knowledge in fibre-reinforced polymeric composites

1 PhD applicant: “Chemical studies and adhesive development” (to study with Dr. Burcu Saner Okan, SU) (“PhD-4”)

  • Good knowledge/experience in polymer chemistry and lab processes
  • Interest in developing chemical formulations/compounds/adhesives from epoxies

What we offer

  • Highly stimulating interdisciplinary environment with unique access to state-of-the-art production, characterization and testing tools of composite materials, cutting edge research facilities and collaborations at IMC CTCE

Your application
Interested candidates should submit their:

1- curriculum vitae listing education, research experience,  work/project experience, career breaks (if any), published publications (if any; unpublished ones will not be considered), contact info (max. 5 pages, PDF)

2- cover letter (max. 1 page, PDF) Please state which profile you are applying: “PhD-1-2”, “PhD-3” or “PhD-4”.

Copies of academic transcripts, and names/contacts of two references might be required in the forthcoming stages.

Please do not email any other staff member in the institute. Applications will be evaluated by a Committee.

Dr. Serra Topal
serrat@sabanciuniv.edu

My 1001 Research Project is accepted for funding

Good news: My research project which I proposed in March 2019 passed the evaluation in MAG (Engineering Research Group) and is accepted for funding by The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey.

Our project aims for the production, modeling, characterization and testing of innovative 3D woven composite materials for the use of high performance applications.

Project team consists of Dr. Hatice Sinem Sas Cayci (Sabanci University FENS&IMC CTCE) who is an expert on resin flow optimization in complex fibrous reinforcements and Dr. Adnan Kefal (Istanbul Technical University) who has exceptional experience in finite element analysis and homogenization methods.

The project duarion is 3 years with a budget of 720.000 TL.

 

Good news from Aeronautics & Aviation calls

Our 3-year large-scale Aeronautics and Space Innovative Technologies project which I will be conducting as principal investigator in TUBITAK ARDEB 1003 priority area calls has been accepted for funding. In the project, Dr. Lutfi Taner Tunc (Sabanci University, IMC-CTCE) will be the supervisor of the robotics&manufacturing area; and Dr. Bertan Beylergil (Alanya Alaaddin Keykubat University) and Dr. Cem Ozturk (Kordsa A.S.) will be conducting the sub-projects, respectively.

Our project will be focusing on atmospheric plasma activation as an environment-friendly, economic and efficient method for surface treatment of high-performance composite materials used in aeronautics&aerospace applications.

284 proposals were submitted nationwide for the 1st stage of evaluation only under MAG (Engineering Research Group) section, and 17 of them are accepted after a long evaluation procedure, 4 of which belongs to our research center. Congratulations to my 3 colleagues whose proposals were also accepted (Prof. Bahattin Koc, Dr. Burcu Saner Okan, Dr. Eralp Demir; all from Sabanci University, IMC-CTCE).

The project duration is 3 years and the budget is 2.500.000 TL.

Welcome to my page!

This is my academic web page under Sabanci University.

Here you can access my short biography, links to my pages, my projects, and my track record.

Citations with links to full-texts are also updated frequently (with DOI links!).

Thanks for visiting my page.

Serra Topal, Ph.D.