Tire Stress Analyst and Designer, KTP Associate position at CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY


School/Department School of Aerospace, Transportation and Manufacturing

Based at off-campus

Working hours 37.5 hours normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working hours between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Type of Contract Fixed-term contract

Fixed term period 28 months

Salary £25,000 to £30,000 per year, depending on qualifications and experience, plus a personal development budget of £4,667

Apply by 02/27/2022

Role Description

An exciting opportunity to work as a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate has arisen through a collaborative project between Dunlop Aircraft Tires Limited (Dunlop) and Cranfield University. The project will focus on an industry-leading fatigue prediction tool to enable rapid product development and expansion of Dunlop’s aircraft tire product line.

About the role

Your role will be to lead the development of numerical tools for aircraft tire fatigue analysis. As a KTP Associate, you will be required to work within a team of experienced engineers to implement a numerical model for aerospace tire stress analysis and design and delivery of material and large-scale trials.

About you

This role requires knowledge of finite element modeling, strong skills in finite element analysis (Abaqus), ideally within the framework of explicit simulation. Knowledge of stress analysis, material behavior of composites and elastomers would also be desirable in this role. This role would suit someone with excellent stress analysis skills and the ability to work with complex FE models. Previous experience with linear stress analysis is also essential. You hold at least a Master’s degree in Mechanical, Materials or Aeronautical Engineering and/or preferably a Doctorate in one of these fields.

In return, the successful candidate will have exciting career development opportunities in this key innovation leader position, and be at the forefront of implementing world-leading research, joining a team and a supportive environment.

About Us

You will be based at Dunlop’s facilities in Birmingham, working closely with the Dunlop team and academics at the Cranfield Advanced Vehicle Engineering Center (AVEC).

Dunlop Aircraft Tires specializes in the design, manufacture and testing of tires, primarily for commercial aircraft. For over 100 years, Dunlop Aircraft Tires has represented excellence in the aviation industry and today is the world’s only specialist manufacturer and retreader of aircraft tires. With over 500 approvals, Dunlop Aircraft Tires can supply tires for over 300 different aircraft types in the civil and military aviation market. The organization is committed to providing aircraft operators worldwide with the highest quality new or retreaded aircraft tires and the highest standard of customer service. Dunlop’s international customer base includes major international airlines, aircraft manufacturers, wheel and brake manufacturers and maintenance facilities.

As a specialist postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unparalleled industry partnerships create world leaders in technology and management. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here.

The AVEC Center is one of four within the Transportation Systems Department of the School of Aerospace, AVEC offers research in a range of specialist areas associated with vehicle engineering to a wide range of industrial sectors, from automotive manufacturers to space vehicle research teams, but always with a strong focus on improving vehicle performance and/or reducing the environmental impact and energy consumption of manufacturing and use of a vehicle.

This work includes activities related to the use of materials (nano-composites, composites, elastomers and plastics), high performance engineering related to motorsport, optimization of off-road vehicle design, fundamental terra mechanics, structural impact resistance and vehicle safety. Our work on battery management system modeling is world leading and we have significant expertise in wheel, tire and brake systems, hybrid powertrain optimization as well as advanced vehicle control and chassis dynamics.

Our values ​​and commitments

Our shared and stated values ​​help define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Learn more here.

Our goal is to create and sustain a culture where everyone can work and study together and realize their full potential. Learn about our key commitments to equality, diversity & inclusion and flexible working here. We are currently testing hybrid working arrangements at both Cranfield and Dunlop. This means that most employees spend most of their time working from the office, where roles permit.

How to register

For an informal discussion of this opportunity, please contact Dr Marzio Grasso Senior Lecturer E: Marzio.Grasso@Cranfield.ac.uk

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