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DLR – DAAD – Fellowships
Fellowship - No. 254

Research Area : Space

Research Topic: New approach for the calculation of the buckling load imperfection
sensitive space structures using the non-destructive method
“Vibration Correlation Technique”

DLR Institute: Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems, DLR Braunschweig

Position: Doctoral Fellow

Openings: 1

Job Specification: European future space launchers are planned to be more cost-efficient
and made from advanced materials which are expected to reduce weight
and costs. Most structures are very thin-walled and imperfection
sensitive. Buckling is therefore in most cases the critical design criterion.
Currently such structures are still designed by the NASA SP 8007 which
dates from 1968. This guideline is very conservative and recent results
show that alternative design approaches may lead to lighter structures
by up to 20%. Independent of the design approach a validation by
experiments is absolutely necessary. Buckling experiments are the
standard procedure, however, during the experiment the first damage
may be material failure and not buckling, even if buckling was predicted.
In this case the validation of the design method for buckling is not
sufficient. There is therefore a high need for non-destructive methods, to
obtain the buckling load of such imperfection sensitive thin-walled
structures by an alternative way. The Vibration Correlation Technique
(VCT) is the most promising method which allows determining the
buckling load or real boundary conditions for different types of structures
without reaching the instability point. This method proved to be
successful for plates with simple boundary conditions. For curved shells
or complex boundary conditions this technique is still under
development. However, considering unstiffened cylindrical shells loaded

DLR– DAAD-Research Fellowships Current Offer Page 1

Degenhardt R. structural mechanics. using VCT. Next the empirical approach for typical scaled space structures using real boundary conditions shall be extended. Castro S. 2 in compression a promising approach [1]. Almeida S... The PhD work starts with benchmarking to study the limits of the current approaches.. Danadon M. This approach was successfully validated for this type of structures. 79. [1] Arbelo M.. pp... Kalnins K.119-128 Required Qualification: Master of Engineering Advantageous Skills: Mechanical engineering. (2014). to predict realistic buckling loads..dlr. The new concept will be finally validated by test results. The final project result is a new approach for the calculation of the buckling load imperfection sensitive space structures using the non-destructive method Vibration Correlation Technique. was already . Rett S. “Vibration correlation technique for the estimation of real boundary conditions and buckling load of unstiffened plates and cylindrical shells“. Vol. Int. The PhD candidate will work at the DLR Institute in co-operation with other team members and international partners. Finite-Element- Simulation. Journal of Thin-Walled http://www. Ozolins O. Experience with buckling experiments English competence: Good in writing and speaking Earliest Start Date: 1 July 2016 Application Deadline: 1 May 2016 Further Information: http://www..