Physics-based and data-enriched modelling and analysis of wind turbine &
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The PhD is hosted by the KU Leuven Noise and Vibration Research Group, which
currently counts 90 researchers and is headed by Prof. Wim Desmet
(https: // www. kuleuven.be/wieiswie/en/person/00011973) and is part of the
Mechanical Engineering Department, a vibrant environment of more than 300
researchers. The research group has a long track record of combining excellent
fundamental academic research with industrial relevant applications, leading
to dissemination in both high ranked academic journals as well as on
industrial forums. More information on the research group can be found on the
The objective of this PhD trajectory is to develop, validate and exploit
advanced numerical tools for the analysis of wind turbine and automotive
gearboxes that are tailored towards the needs and requirements of Industry 4.0
and beyond. Applications of these numerical tools in Industry 4.0 include
virtual prototyping of novel gearbox and drivetrain concepts and digital
twin related activities such as virtual sensing / monitoring of difficult to
measure gearbox characteristics . As a PhD researcher, you will use novel
insights in the fields of physics-based modelling to develop and validate
accurate and efficient gearbox analysis tools, starting from a library of
computational tools available at the hosting research group.Throughout the
entire PhD trajectory, a close link with top industry companies in the field
will be maintained in order to validate and exploit the newly developed tools
and applications in an industrial context.
If you recognize yourself in the story below, then you have the profile that
fits the project and the research group.
I have a master in mechanical engineering.
I'm proficient in written and spoken English.
During my courses, master thesis or prior professional activities, I have
gathered some basic experience with mechanical modelling and numerical
simulation, and/or I have a profound interest in these topics.
As a PhD researcher of the KU Leuven Noise and Vibration Research Group I
perform research in a structured and scientifically sound manner. I read
technical papers, understand the nuances between different theories and
implement and improve methodologies myself.
I set up a plan of approach for the upcoming 1 to 3 months to work towards
my research goals. I work independently to follow my plan and achieve the
goals. I indicate timely when deviations of the plan are required, if
goals cannot be met or if I want to discuss intermediate results or
In frequent reporting, varying between weekly to monthly, I show the
results that I have obtained and I give a well-founded interpretation of
those results. I iterate on my work and my approach based on the feedback
of my supervisors which steer the direction of my research.
I value being part of a large research group which is well connected to
the machine and transportation industry and to learn how academic research
can be linked to innovation roadmaps of companies.
During my PhD I want to grow towards following up the project that I am
involved in and representing the research group on project meetings or
conferences. I see those events as an occasion to learn the larger context
of my research and the research project.
A remuneration package competitive with industry standards in Belgium, a
country with a high quality of live and excellent health care system.
A chance to pursue a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, typically a 4 year
trajectory, in a stimulating and ambitious research environment.
Ample opportunity to develop yourself in both a scientific or an
industrial direction, besides opportunities provided by the research
group,further doctoral training for PhD candidates is provided in the
framework of the Leuven Arenberg Doctoral School
(https: // set.kuleuven.be/phd), known forits strong focus on both future
scientists and scientifically trained professionals who will valorise
their doctoral expertise and competences in anon-academic context. More
information on the training opportunities can be found on the following
link: https: // set.kuleuven.be/phd/dopl/whytraining.
A stay in a vibrant environment in the hearth of Europe. The university is
located in Leuven, a small town of approximately 100000 inhabitants,
located close to Brussels (25km), and 20 minutes by train from Brussels
International Airport. This strategic positioning and the strong presence
of the university,international research centers, and industry, lead to a
safe town with high quality of live, welcome to non-Dutch speaking people
and with ample opportunities for social and sport activities. The mixture
of cultures and research fields aresome of the ingredients making the
university of Leuven the most innovative university in Europe
https: // nieuws.kuleuven.be/en/content/2018/ku-leuven-once-again-tops-
information can be found on the website of the university:
https: // www. kuleuven.be/english/living
For more information please contact Mr. Bart Blockmans, mail:
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