Production intelligence for product design and performance optimization
Last modification : Monday, August 22, 2022
The research is hosted by the KU Leuven Micro&Precision Engineering
Research(MPE) group – as part of the Manufacturing and Process Systems
division(MaPS) at the Department of Mechanical Engineering. MaPS stands for
the study of techniques, methods and devices that are used to manufacture
parts of products and systems based on in-depth knowledge of the material-tool
interaction and derived machine structures. Systematic data monitoring,
analysis and management is used in this context, targeting system
optimisation. Product specification, modelling, process planning and quality
control are integrated aspects of the product-production cycle, for which the
sustainability dimension is considered in a life cycle approach. This results
in innovative manufacturing processes and systems that are developed in close
collaboration with industrial partners. The MPE group is supervised by prof.
Dominiek Reynaerts and is focusing on the development of micro-systems, micro-
nano manufacturing (covering both machining processes and machine design)
and the development of medical instruments.
Designingtolerances can be a time-intensive and heuristic process in
mechanical designs.Often these tolerances are simply copied from previous
designs or obtained fromrather heuristic tolerance synthesis methods, which do
not account for theactual behaviour of an assembly nor do they take into
account the productioncost. In other cases, designers even lack the freedom to
alter the tolerances,and need to stick to company standards. This is
problematic as these tolerancescan have a major impact on the performance of
the system while also stronglyaffecting the cost of manufacturing and quality
Theproposed thesis will focus on the development of a workflow to
optimizetolerances (to optimize manufacturing cost) while fulfilling the
functionalityof the assembled product. The software toolchain developed in the
project isexpected to extend the capabilities of the existing CAD/CAM/CAE
systems bynovel tolerance and design optimization tools.
Diploma: Master's degree or comparable qualification in Engineering
Science (preferably in Mechanical Engineering, computer science,
mechatronics, electronic engineering or adjacent fields).
A strong interest for multidisciplinary research is required.
A solid background/knowledge in mechanical manufacturing techniques is
Prior experience with CNC machine tools is beneficial but not mandatory.
Experience (courses/projects) with programming (C++ or python), or
affinity for model based (physical models) analysis will be considered
as an advantage.
Holding an analytical mindset and technical/practical implementation
skills will be considered as an advantage.
Good knowledge of the English language, both spoken and written, is
essential. TOEFL score at least 79 (IBT) or IELTS-score of 6.5.
A remuneration package competitive with industry standards in Belgium, a
country with a high quality of life and excellent health care system.
An opportunity to pursue a PhD in mechanical engineering, typically a 4
year trajectory, in a stimulating and ambitious research environment.
Ample occasions to develop yourself in a scientific and/or an industrial
direction. Besides opportunities offered by the research group, further
doctoral training for PhD candidates is provided in the framework of the
KU Leuven Arenberg Doctoral School(https: // set.kuleuven.be/phd), known
for its strong focus on both future scientists and scientifically trained
professionals who will valorize their doctoral expertise and competences
in a non-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 town of approximately 100000 inhabitants, located
close to Brussels (25km), and 20minutes 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 life, welcome to non-Dutch speaking people
and with ample opportunities for social and sport activities. The mixture
of cultures and research fields are some of the ingredients making the
university of Leuven the most innovative university
inEurope(https: // nieuws.kuleuven.be/en/content/2018/ku-leuven-once-again-
information can be found on the website of the university:
https: // www. kuleuven.be/english/living
For more information please contact Prof. dr. ir. Dominiek Reynaerts (tel.:
+32 16 32 26 40, mail: email@example.com), Dr. Jun Qian (tel.:
+32 16 32 25 24, mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Shashwat Kushwaha (tel.:
+32 16 32 64 50, mail: email@example.com).
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