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Research project title

Innovative and sustainable magnetic materials shaped by additive manufacturing for the electrification of transportation

Education level

Master or doctorate

Director/co-director

Director: Frédéric Sirois

Co-director(s): David Menard

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December 31, 2024

Areas of expertise

Materials science and technology

Magnetic materials

Metallurgy/metals/alloys

Design and manufacturing

Advanced manufacturing

Primary sphere of excellence in research


Innovative Materials

Unit(s) and department(s)

Department of Electrical Engineering

Laboratory of Superconductivity and Magnetism (LSM)

NRC, Automotive and Surface Transportation Research Centre, Boucherville

Conditions

Background: Bachelor's or Master's in materials engineering, metallurgical engineering, mechanical engineering, engineering physics, or in a related field.

Skills and interests: Strong interest in fundamental and applied research in the field of materials. Interest in additive manufacturing methods and magnetic materials. Experience in any of the following areas would be an asset: metallurgy, X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, material characterization methods, electric motors and/or vehicles, etc.

Personal qualities: Autonomy, critical thinking, creativity and scientific curiosity. Your referees' recommendations (which should accompany your declaration of interest) should provide comments on each of these aspects.

Working language: The candidate should master the English language (written and oral). Fluency in French would be an asset, but it is not mandatory.

Detailed description

This project is carried out in partnership between Polytechnique Montréal and the National Scientific Council of Canada (NRC) of Boucherville.

The objective of the project is to explore new compositions of magnetic materials (soft or hard) compatible with additive manufacturing processes, such as cold spray, laser fusion on powder bed or binder jetting. These magnetic materials are intended for use in various industrial applications, including electric motors that could facilitate the electrification of land and aeronautical transport. Additive manufacturing of magnetic materials opens the door to diversifying the shape of magnetic parts that can be manufactured, while minimizing the amount of material used or wasted during the manufacturing process.

The project will focus on the characterization of bulk samples made by additive manufacturing from powders of various particle sizes and compositions. In order to improve the final properties, the annealing conditions (temperature, duration) will also be explored in detail. An analysis of the microstructure of the manufactured samples will be systematically carried out and linked to the resulting magnetic properties, in order to find avenues for improvement and optimization of the properties.

The candidate will divide his time between Polytechnique and the NRC. In collaboration with NRC researchers, he will plan additive manufacturing experiments that will be carried out in NRC laboratories. Magnetic characterization and microscopy will be carried out at Polytechnique. This project constitutes an exceptional opportunity to develop as a young researcher in a context that is both academic and close to industrial needs.

Please contact Professor Frédéric Sirois (https://www.polymtl.ca/expertises/sirois-frederic) for more information about this position. PLEASE ATTACH a CV, your TRANSCRIPTS, and a COVER LETTER which also briefly explains your background, otherwise your application will not be considered.

Financing possibility

A financial support is available for the successful candidate. The level of this financial support is 19,000$ per year at the Master's level, and $25,000 per year at the Ph.D. (maximum 4 years), to allow the candidate to dedicate himself full time to his research.

A student who obtains his own scholarship (NSERC, FRQNT or other) will see it enhanced by a minimum of 25% of the value of the scholarship (to be discussed on a case-by-case basis, depending on the nature of the scholarship).