The project objectives are to develop/select the best elastomer material and shape for the dynamic seals on the load lock gate valve that has extremely low particle generation. Part of the project is also to investigate the possible failure/particle generation mechanisms of elastomers.
The following tasks are part of the assignment:
- Create an overview of elastomeric materials used in semiconductor industries
- Create an overview of known failure mechanisms of elastomeric materials that can lead to particle generation or early failure
- Map most important material properties needed to meet the provided requirements
- If available, select readily available elastomer(s) for testing under relevant conditions
- If no existing elastomeric material suits the requirements, design and develop an elastomeric seal that meets the requirements
- Show the feasibility of the selected or developed seal designs by testing against provided requirements, with a focus on low particle generation
Information and application
If you have any further questions about this vacancy or the EngD programme in Material Engineering, please contact Prof. dr. Matthijn de Rooij at firstname.lastname@example.org or Prof. Dr. Anke Blume at email@example.com.
You can find more information about the EngD program at Engineering Doctorate
Applications should at least include:
- A curriculum vitae including publications and references (if available)
- A cover letter
- A list with grades of courses
Please submit your application before December 14, 2022 by using the “Apply now” button.
The first interviews are planned in week 3, 2023.
About the organization
The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) engages in education and research of Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering. We enable society and industry to innovate and create value using efficient, solid and sustainable technology. We are part of a ‘people-first' university of technology, taking our place as an internationally leading center for smart production, processes and devices in five domains: Health Technology, Maintenance, Smart Regions, Smart Industry and Sustainable Resources. Our faculty is home to about 2,900 Bachelor's and Master's students, 550 employees and 150 PhD candidates. Our educational and research programmes are closely connected with UT research institutes Mesa+ Institute, TechMed Center and Digital Society Institute.