An EASITrain Marie Curie PhD fellow and motivated collaborator with expertise in mechanical research engineer. He has experience both in North America and Europe in material characterization and additive manufacturing while currently he is embedded in an enterprise on the fabrication of particle accelerator components.
- Mechanical research engineer on the fabrication of particle accelerator components
- Experimental characterization of the mechanical properties of metals at low and high strain rates and of their microstructure
- Budget management and creation of partnerships to reduce cost and accesss world-class infrastructures
- Conducted laboratory experiments for a second-year mechanical engineering class
- Prepared and taught supplementary tutorials to help students develop extra curricular skills that they will use during their studies.
- Grade midterms and laboratory reports within tight delays
- Worked in embedded strain gauges using cold spray with metallic, polymer and ceramic powders for use as smart sensors
- Created copper fins on a graphics card's heat sink by using an innovative spraying technique
- Collaborated with the University of Toronto by creating coatings of TiO2 for their photocatalytic properties
- Contributed to the rehabilitation of the Parliament of Canada
- Managed and approved contractor's time and material sheets to guarantee compliance of their work by developing VBA scripts
- Produced daily reports on the construction site activities averaging approximately 450 workers daily
- Member of the Flight Dynamics team working on various aircraft simulator projects development using C++
- Helped to develop standalone versions of simulators to test the code of the aerodynamics, avionics and propulsion groups
- Presentation of results to project sponsors helping to secure additional funding.
- Researched creep properties of lead-free soldering alloys used in PCB.
- Designed a new creep test rig.
- PhD student working full-time at I-Cube Research in Toulouse
- Thesis topic: characterization of the mechanical properties of superconducting substrates at low and high strain rates
- Marie Slowdoska-Curie Research Fellow of the EASITrain project (European sponsored project for the fabrication of CERN’s next particle accelerator, the Future Circular Collider)
- Attended training on Project Management of the Vienna School of Economics and summer universities on superconductivity and particle accelerators
- Fast track to PhD in France
- Thesis topic: development of a finite element model of heat transfer during the selective laser melting process using Abaqus coupled with developed Python scripts and FORTRAN subroutines, and data analysis through a MATLAB code
- Member of McGill’s additive manufacturing research laboratory
- Management option covered the fundamentals of financial accounting, marketing, entrepreneurship and business management
- Completed the co-operative education program (co-op) (16 months of full-time work)
- Wrote an undergraduate thesis titled: Hybrid Rocket Combustion Reaction Analysis and Modelling
Investigation of the mechanical properties at low and high velocities of high-purity copper and Nb for the manufacturing Superconducting RF (SRF) cavities. My work involved the characterization of these processes which will help to identify the advantages of high-velocity sheet forming for SRF cavity substrates. Results from these tests can then be used to predict the materials’ behaviour in a finite-element software used for the fabrication of particle accelerator components.
My research is rather interdisciplinary and combines a number of different methods and techniques. The main techniques that I had to master during my time in EASITrain are: Finite element analysis (FEA), digital image correlation (DIC), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), electro-hydraulic forming (EHF), split Hopkinson pressure bars (SHPB), servo-hydraulic tensile machines, screw-driven universal testing machines, and programing (Python and MATLAB).
First tests were performed at Metz (France) in collaboration with the LEM3 laboratory and the Université de Lorraine and a second series of tests in London (United Kingdom) in collaboration with Imperial College. The results will be published or presented during 2020. The next steps in my research are: (1) Mechanical characterization of electron beam welds on OFE-Cu and Nb at low and high strain rates, (2) forming limit diagram of Nb at quasi-static rate and (3) electro-hydraulic forming of 800 MHz Nb half-cells.
Electro-hydraulic forming is a versatile high-velocity sheet forming technology used in the automobile industry to manufacture various large components as well as small parts for high value products. The specific application studied during the EASITrain program could apply in the fabrication of superconducting radio frequency cavities for particle accelerators, but the obtained results and methodologies will be extrapolated to other commercial applications.
I presented my project and results at the following conferences: FCC Week 2018 (Amsterdam, Netherlands), International Conference on the Strength of Materials (ICSMA) 18 (Columbus, USA), 8th International Workshop on Thin Films and New Ideas for Pushing the Limits of RF Superconductivity (Legnaro, Italy), FCC Week 2019 (Brussels, Belgium), CFM 2019 (Brest, France). I was also a panelist at the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) 18 conference (Toulouse, France) to discuss the Future Circular Collider (FCC) from the perspective of a company. Finally, I presented my results at meetings or seminars at the Michigan State University (East Lansing, USA), the Imperial College (London, UK), the Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies (IMDEA) (Getafe, Spain) and the Laboratory of study of microstructures, mechanics and material sciences (LEM3) (Metz, France).