ESR3 Dynamic behaviour


Experimental characterisation of materials by means of dynamic torsion tests at different temperatures.


The ESR3 will have to provide a detailed experimental behaviour law and perform microstructural investigations in order to clearly establish interdependences between microstructure and strain.

Host institution

Tecnalia in Spain

Job offer

The aim of ESR3 is to study the thermomechanical behaviour of three selected Titanium, Aluminium and Nickel based alloys. The ESR3 will have to provide a detailed experimental behaviour law and perform microstructural investigations in order to clearly establish interdependences between microstructure and strain. The main technological and scientific steps to overcome concern :

  1. the definition of thermomechanical tests able to reproduce the same solicitations than during machining (high deformation rate and medium range deformation), FSW (medium deformation rate, high deformation) and Additive Manufacturing ( high temperature),
  2. the identification the kinetic changes parameters
  3. the ability to relate these parameters to the microstructures and dynamic behaviours observed.

Design a new test bench

A new experimental dynamic torsion test device based on the principle of a fly wheel will be developed to reproduce locally the stress levels and strain rates encountered in processes such as machining or FSW. In a first step, this device must allow, by means of a torsional stress, to achieve very high deformations (of the order of ε = 2) at medium strain rate (of the order of 200 s-1). An evolution will then be made to perform temperature tests (up to 0.7 times the melting temperature for the three alloys studied). The novelty of this equipment lies in the dynamic tests in torsion and traction that can be carried out under extreme strain rates by controlling the speed of loading. Interrupted tests are also expected to be performed (i.e. where the test can be stopped at an imposed strain level), to allow the genesis of the microstructural transformation to be studied during loading. Strain and temperature in the sample will be measured during the tests.

Study the thermomechanical behaviour

Once the test bench has been developed, the ESR3 will have to set an accurate experimental behaviour law. For this purpose, she/he will rely on the design of experiment (DOE), in order to optimize and organize her/his tests campaign. This phenomenological constitutive law will generate baseline data to microstructural models.

Establish interdependences between microstructure and strain

The ESR3 will focus on the formation of adiabatic shear bands (occurring during dynamic processes like machining) and on dynamic recrystallization (DRX) that occurs especially in the FSW during hot and large deformation. The main effect of the DRX is the creation of an equiaxed, refined and homogenous microstructure. Several microstructural investigations will be performed in order to clearly identify the mechanisms governing the evolution for plastic response covering a wide range of temperature strain and strain rates. ESR3 will have to develop a DRX model and study the geneses of adiabatic shear bands for the 3 selected materials.



10 months across Europe
  • 1 month UPV-EHU (Sp) (03/2019)
  • 6 months UBx (Fr) (06/2020-11/2020)
  • 2 months LTU (Sw) (12/2020-01/2021)
  • 1 month DAMRC (DK) (02/2021)

*These secondments periods can be flexible



Pr. Catherine Froustey
Dr. Edurne Iriando
Dr. Sandra Guérard
Dr. Mariluz Penalva
Pr. Philippe Darnis
Dr. Charlotte Frølund Ilvig
Dr. Fernando Veiga
Dr. Maria Esther Gutierrez Orrantia


  • Excellent master degree in mechanical engineering, or related disciplines.
  • Strong interest in material science and working knowledge in the field of metallic alloys, fields measuring.
  • Considerable hands-on experience on dynamic material characterization at high temperatures.
  • Significant laboratory experience in the design, synthesis and characterization (crystallographic phase analysis, electron microscopy, surface analysis) of metallic materials, numerical modelling.
  • Familiarity with lab equipment, including chemical handling procedures and attention to detail as well as environmental, health and safety (EHS) requirements.
  • Excellent communication skills and willingness to work in collaborative projects with multiple partners
  • Very good English language skills
  • Self-motivation and the ability to achieve goals independently as well as to contribute effectively to the team.

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  • Send your CV and a cover letter to the following address:
  • Please put in the object of your email that your are applying for the ESR3 position.
  • Please check that you meet all eligibility criteria.
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