PhD Fellowships in Engineering, Maths and Physics 2017, Multi-Scale Deformation Lab, Canada

Publish Date: May 30, 2017

Multi-Scale Deformation Lab Fellowships

MSDL is constantly looking for talented, self-motivated, and enthusiastic students. Both domestic and international students are encouraged to apply. Students with following backgrounds are strongly recommended to apply, 

  • Solid mechanics and finite element modeling of materials
  • Thermo-mechanical characterization of materials
  • Synchrotron x-ray, neutron, and electron diffraction
  • Effecrs of ion irradiation on materials properties
  • Atomistic modeling or dislocation dynamics
Applicants with a bachelors or masters degree in mechanical or materials engineering, applied mathematics, or applied physics are encouraged to contact Hamid Abdolvand for further information on the available projects.  

Prospective candidates will be assessed based on how well they meet the following criteria:

  • Excellent degree in their relevant discipline;

  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills- Western's minimum acceptable TOEFL score for international students is 86.

The following skills are desirable:

  • Ability to work with ABAQUS.
  • Ability to program in any of the following languages: Matlab, Fortran, or Python.
  • Experience in microscopy.
  • Experience in materials modelling.

Application Procedure

Please email your CV and cover letter to Hamid Abdolvand ( To apply formally, candidates should send the required documents to the graduate office.

MSDL in a Nutshell

In an ideal world, a jet engine turbine blade would never crack, would never fatigue, would never creep, would withstand as high a temperature as we can impose, and would be as light and as strong as we can imagine. In the real world, to take even partial steps towards such goals, we need a deep understanding of materials performance at many length and time scales. At nano and meso scales, the mismatch between elastic and plastic properties of each grain in a polycrystalline material results in local stress concentrations and in crack nucleation which eventually limits the life and performance of a design. Understanding the nature and the source of local stress heterogeneities and their impact on the macroscopic behaviour require development of numerical methods describing each length and time scale, approaches to bridge between methods, and the use or development of cutting edge experimental techniques to validate the numerical results. Our research focuses on the development of different numerical methods and the linking of them to diffraction and image based experimental techniques. This research seeks to explain the effects of various environments on the performance and integrity of metallic and nonmetallic composite materials.

The objective of the deformation lab is characterize, formulate, and simulate deformation of materials across length and time scales. With these objectives, the fundamental goal of this research group is to help intelligent design of manufacturing routes and structural materials for optimized performance.

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