PhD position in structural dynamics and durability in cooperation with Hilti

KU Leuven
July 11 2017
Position Type
Full Time
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KU Leuven ( and Hilti ( are searching for a joint PhD candidate to work on a project in the field of structural dynamics and durability. The KU Leuven Noise and Vibration Research Group is headed by Prof. Wim Desmet ( and currently counts 8 permanent staff members, 16 senior post-doc and 55 PhD researchers. The group has a longstanding history and internationally highly recognized expertise in the fields of engineering dynamics of (mecha(tro)nic) systems, vibro-acoustic modelling, simulation, analysis and testing, identification and control of (non-)linear systems, and lightweight structure design and analysis. The Noise and Vibration research group is also recognized for its yearly Acoustics (ISAAC) and Modal Analysis (ISMA) courses and for organizing the biennial ISMA Noise and Vibration Engineering Conference (

Hilti develops and produces products, systems, software and services that feature leading-edge technology and provide the construction and energy sectors with outstanding added value. Hilti stands for innovation, quality and direct customer relationships. Some two-thirds of Hilti's more than 24,000 worldwide employees work directly on behalf of customers in Hilti sales organizations and technical service units in more than 120 countries.

The scope of the PhD project lies in the field of structural dynamics and durability. The goal is to increase the capability for virtual life time prediction, whereby the focus lies on load identification. In many cases, the loads for a lifetime calculation cannot be measured directly, but rather require a model based identification, e.g. by model based virtual sensing. Consequentially, the work plan of the project contains both numerical simulation activities as well as real-life experiments. To increase the confidence in the numerical models, it might be necessary to do successive verification analyses, involving supplementary tests like modal analysis as well as static and operational measurements. In this context, another goal of the project is to improve approaches to correlate simulation results with experimental data.

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