Webseite Institut für Werkstoffanwendungen im Maschinenbau der RWTH Aachen

The project:
Die casting processes require mold materials that exhibit high strength and thermal fatigue resistance. The optimization of tool steel properties is performed through the heat-treatment of hardening and tempering, which induces both microstructural changes and residual stresses. The service life of die-casting molds is greatly improved by this heat-treatment, although a quantitative description of its benefits in design phases still needs to be achieved.

Based on developed simulation results of the heat-treatment, a prediction tool for heat-checking failure of a die-casting mold will be developed. Different failure models will be implemented and compared in order to investigate the effects of different heat-treatment conditions with regards to thermal fatigue resistance.

• Knowledge in materials science and/or continuum mechanics
• Interest in numerical simulations and Finite Element Methods
• Ideally experience in Matlab or Python programming

We offer:
A comprehensive and industry-relevant thesis in line with the latest state of this research field. The candidate will be will be part of a pleasant working environment, with strong support to develop own skills such as programming, subject-specific knowledge and scientific-writing.

Um sich für diesen Job zu bewerben, sende deine Unterlagen per E-Mail an v.iss@iwm.rwth-aachen.de