Steel pipelines are an efficient means to transport oil and gas products and other materials. Pipelines are often exposed to external factors that cause defects such as cracks, dents, and gouges in the pipe wall, which poses serious threats to the integrity and safety of pipelines and pipeline operation. Moreover, pipelines in the cold arctic and subarctic regions of Northern Canada with extremely harsh geo-hazards are prone to large deformations, which may lead to failures such as pipe fracture due to high tensile strains or pipe wall wrinkle or buckle due to large compressive forces. There are several methods to predict the fracture capacity of steel
pipelines, including experimental testing, analytical approaches, and advanced numerical methods. This project aims at developing calibrated numerical-based fracture criteria for predicting the crack propagation in steel pipelines. The criteria developed in this project will take into consideration the constraints at the crack-tip specific to various loading conditions and will be applicable to various steel grades used to manufacture pipes, providing the pipeline industry in Canada with an enhanced method to assess and design pipelines.
Qualifications of the applicant:
Applicants should hold a Ph.D. degree in a relevant discipline (e.g., civil engineering, mechanical engineering, etc.). Candidates with other educational backgrounds may also be considered.
Applicants should be highly motivated, well organized and passionate about both research and entrepreneurship with excellent communication skills in English.
Applicants should have strong desire to conduct advanced computer-based simulation and laboratory testing.
Applicants should be highly motivated to mentor graduate students and provide research guidance.
Applicants should have sufficient expertise to develop and deliver research presentations for internal and public audiences, and prepare manuscripts for publication in relevant high-quality journals.
The position is open to Canadian Citizens, permanent residents of Canada, and International candidates.
Please submit a one-page cover letter, CV, and a sample past publication combined in one PDF to Rachel Schofield by email (email@example.com). Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
Please contact Dr. Ali Imanpour (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions about this position.