Additively Manufactured Thermoplastic Polymers
at ORAU Workforce Solutions

Date Posted: 3/8/2019

Opportunity Description

Title of Research Opportunity: Preparation and Characterization of Additively Manufactured Thermoplastic Polymers The primary focus of the research fellow would be to test and analyze additively manufactured polymer samples to assess cohesive properties, primarily focused on recycled/recovered thermoplastic polymers. The research fellow will prepare and mechanically test polymer samples according to ASTM testing specifications (tensile, flexural, toughness, other). The research fellow will perform optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and computed tomography instruments and analyze results to gain an understanding of the morphology, including voids and cracks. Additionally, the research fellow will prepare polymers for additive manufacturing and run additive manufacturing equipment to prepare specimens. It is not expected that the researcher have experience with all of these methods, but expertise in at least one of these areas is expected. Training will be available to teach the research fellow any lacking techniques and instrumentation. The candidate must have good verbal skills in order to disseminate findings within ARL. The candidate must be willing and able to do research in a team environment. A degree in science or engineering is required, with a preference for materials science/engineering, mechanical engineering, polymer science/engineering, aerospace engineering, although other related degrees would also be considered. A minimum of a B.S. is required. In all cases, the mentor(s) will be working with the researcher on a regular basis at a frequency dependent on the candidate’s experience. Keywords: additive manufacturing, 3D printing, characterization, materials, polymers

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