Computational modelling of fluid-structure interaction

1 Research Collaborator position
(Deadline May 23rd, 2014 12:00 )
Computational fluid dynamics, Finite element method, Shells and laminate structures, Photovoltaic modules
Participation in the ERC Starting Grant CA2PVM research activities on the development of computational models for the assessment of the durability of photovoltaic modules. In particular, the following activities will be undertaken during the project:
  • Development of finite element meshes for modelling laminates used in photovoltaics, using 3D brick elements and shell elements.
  • Development of a specific subroutine for post-processing the results of finite element simulations to determine the displacement field acting on solar cells, to be passed as input to meso-scale models of the cells for fracture mechanics simulations.
  • Development of a computational framework for the study of the effect of wind gusts on the vibration of photovoltaic modules (fluid-structure interaction), depending on mounting conditions, mechanical and geometrical properties of the laminate.
Formal requirements
 Possession of a 4 or 5-year degree in Mechanical or Aeronautical Engineering or in a related field. Excellent knowledge of English, both written and spoken.
Specific requirements
A PhD in related scientific areas is preferable. Research experience on the use of computational fluid dynamics software and on finite element method for the solution of engineering problems. Excellent knowledge of Matlab.
Gross amount
€ 20.000,00/year
one year not renewable
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Full call
Calendar latest update
May 9th, 2014
First meeting of the Selection Committee
May 23rd, 2014
Preliminary shortlist
Preliminary shortlist
Second meeting of the Selection Committee
June 10th, 2014 from 9.30 - Piazza San Francesco, 19 Lucca
Final ranking
Final ranking


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  • University degree and ongoing PhD (compulsory)


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