12/07/2019
Science 4 Refugees

Advanced monitoring and control of industrial laser cutting


  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    KU Leuven
  • RESEARCH FIELD
    EngineeringMechanical engineering
  • RESEARCHER PROFILE
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
  • APPLICATION DEADLINE
    15/09/2019 23:59 - Europe/Brussels
  • LOCATION
    Belgium › Leuven
  • TYPE OF CONTRACT
    Permanent
  • JOB STATUS
    Full-time
  • HOURS PER WEEK
    38
  • REFERENCE NUMBER
    BAP-2019-498

Background: In recent years fiber lasers have become the new standard for cutting different types of sheet metal materials. While due to their high beam quality originally the strength of fiber lasers seemed to be mainly in fast processing of relatively thin sheets, more recently developments like beam shaping in combination with advanced optics have allowed to expand the application range to thicker grade materials. This search for expanding the process window to thicker plates results in a need for improved in-process monitoring and control capabilities. Research objective: The envisaged research will focus on advanced monitoring and control of laser cutting by means of high power fiber lasers, targeting real time optimisation of processing conditions towards productivity maximization and quality control. Identifying suitable process monitoring parameters and measurement principles offering real time control opportunities forms part of the ambitions. The research will be conducted in close cooperation with a hardware solution developer, which will allow to build effective experimental platforms for data collection and experimental validation purposes.

Benefits

The research group on Flexible Sheet Metal Working offers an up to date infrastructure for applied laser related research in a creative environment encouraging explorative research. The research project will be conducted in close cooperation with strategic industrial partners in order to assure operational relevance

Eligibility criteria

Valid candidates hold a master degree in engineering and preferably have experience in multiple fields of expertise from the following list:

● Laser technology in general and solid state laser systems in specific

● Numerical controlled manufacturing systems

● Mechatronic principles of adaptive control

● Image processing

● CAD/CAM based programming of manufacturing systems

● Design of experiments

● Design of optical systems

Selection process

For more information please contact Prof. dr. ir. Joost Duflou, tel.: +32 16 32 28 45, mail: joost.duflou@kuleuven.be.
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Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven
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