Research Associate 2
Wright State University - Dayton, OH

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The Damage Tolerance and Probabilistic Life Prediction of Materials Center, at Wright State University, is seeking highly-motivated mechanical/materials engineer(s) to work as a full-time Research Associate within an experienced research team of scientists and engineers. The research team utilizes industry recognized CAE software packages to perform risk assessments of high energy rotor disks for the retirement for cause initiative. There is an opportunity to expand scientific knowledge through journal publications in the Research faculty position. The Center’s research projects are grant funded and are not permanent.

Minimum Qualifications
M.S. in Mechanical Engineering or related field. 0-3 years’ experience.
3D mechanical design/drafting CAD software; Abaqus (preferred) or ANSYS /SolidWorks.
Proficiency with finite element analysis, FEA , software packages; Abaqus/implicit (preferred) or ANSYS .
Proficiency with computer programming; MATLAB (preferred) or FORTRAN .
Knowledge of linear elastic fracture mechanics principals.
Understanding of damage tolerance concepts.
Basic understanding of statistics and probabilistics.
Familiarity with FAA regulations AC 33.14, 33.70-1&2.
Strong written and verbal communication skills are necessary.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Software suite (Word, Excel, and Power Point).
Able to work with minimal supervision and communicate with different agencies.
Export Compliance Certificate rules and regulations apply, which require U.S. citizenship and/or permanent resident status.

Preferred Qualifications
Ph.D preferred.

Essential Functions and percent of time:
Perform research using fracture mechanics methods and concepts for life extension of rotating components within a new philosophy called retirement for cause introduced by the United States Air Force, for aircraft engine materials and components. Generate 2D and 3D finite element models for stress analyses.
Convert analyses ODB files for DARWIN probabilistic risk assessment engine. Perform fracture mechanics based probabilistic risk assessment of high energy rotor disks. Development and execution of computer programming for pre and post processing of data. 80%
Prepare engineering studies and technical reports. Participate in project meetings with engineers from Wright Patterson A.F.B. Generate documentation and reports from research. 20%

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