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: Aging Effect on the mechanical performance of 3D printed elastomers

Fused deposition modelling in 3D printed is rapidly gaining popularity for the purpose of rapid prototyping. The mechanical strength of the products fabricated from this technique in which layers of materials are deposited on by one, is dependent on the selection of printing parameters. Moreover, elastomer materials are also known to show dependence on the applied rate of loading. Elastomeric products fabricated from 3D printing for dynamic application may respond differently than the bulk material properties with time.

This research objective is to understand and analyse the adding effect of fabricating parameters such as resolution and infill pattern on the mechanical strength of elastomers at high strain rates.

Duties and Responsibilities of the student:

This research is comprised of the following tasks

1.      Student is to run a literature review on various types gaining environments.

2.      Fabricating elastomer samples for standardised mechanical testing using FDM technique

3.      Conducting mechanical tension testing at quasi-static and high strain rates.

4.      Carrying out statistical analysis to calculate the effect of strain rate, resolution and infill pattern versus aging process

5.      The student will summarize their findings in a report.

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.