Position Type:

  • Lassonde Undergraduate Research Award- summer research

Position Title: Research Assistant/summer researcher

Location:  IDEA LAB (BRG 413)

Professor: Alex Czekanski

Department: Mechanical Engineering

Contact for Professor (Email, phone): Alex.czekanski@lassonde.yorku.ca, 416.736.2100 x 77077

# of positions available: 1

Project Description: 

Title: Testing and Modelling of the Elastomers in Tension at High Strain Rates.

The mechanical response of elastomers are greatly dependent on the applied strain rate. Nonlinear constitutive models can be used to model the response of the Elastomers at high strain rates. Experimentally testing the stress strain response of elastomers sample is used to derive the model parameters. To test elastomers at high strain rates a modified Kolsky tension bar is developed at IDEA-Lab.

This research objective is to conduct experiments on the newly developed Kolsky tension bar to evaluate the stress-strain characteristics of elastomer materials. The strain rate at which the testing will be conducted ranges from 100-10000/s.

Duties and Responsibilities of the student:

Task 1 - Literature review about Elastomers

  • Student is to run a literature review on various types of rubber, rubber modifiers and their engineering applications.
  • The student will summarize their findings in a report.

Task 2 - Experimental characterization of Elastomer

  • Conduct high strain rate tension experiments on elastomeric samples.
  • Perform FE analysis to validate the experimental design.
  • Extension of the experiment to incorporate the temperature effect.

Skills and Qualifications:

(Technical Skills)

1.        Office Skills (Word, Excel)

2.        Matlab

3.        Machine shop and prototyping skills

(Interpersonal Skills)

1.        Ability to work in team environment

2.        Ability to work with minimum supervision

Degrees, courses and Disciplines prerequisite*:

1.        Mechanics of materials (MECH 2301)

2.        Machine elements design (MECH 2409)

3.        Macro-and-Micro Manufacturing Methods (MECH 3503)

4.        Solid Mechanics and Materials Laboratory (MECH 3502)

Stipend  TBD

Willing to host external students?  No

Duration:  16 weeks minimum

Start Date:  05/01/2018 (estimated)

End Date:  08/31/2018 (estimated)


If you are interested in this research project, please contact Dr. Alex Czekanski at Alex.czekanski@lassonde.yorku.ca