UIUC Student Fall/Spring Job Opportunity
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Engineering Research and Development Center
Construction Engineering Research Laboratory
2902 Newmark Dr. Champaign, IL 61822
The potential student employees will be conducting sample preparation, materials characterization testing, and data analysis on polymers, fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites (including glass and carbon fiber), and novel paint/coating systems used for the construction, repair, and maintenance of Civil Works infrastructure, such as locks and dams, on inland navigation waterways. Material samples will be exposed to various weathering conditions to include immersion, atmospheric exposure, UV exposure, etc. Weathered samples will then be characterized using a 1M lb and 50K lb tension/compression load frames. Other characterization testing will include adhesion, impact resistance, and abrasion resistance. A 3D laser scanning microscope will be utilized to image abraded samples. Students will use engineering graphing and modeling software to analyze testing data and assist in writing presentations and publishable documents such as technical reports and papers. The potential student employees will need to properly prepare material samples which may include working with concrete, coatings, polymer resins, solvents and adhesives. Previous experience with sample preparation, Safety Data Sheets (SDS), materials testing methods and laser microscopes is preferred. Attention to detail is important relative to safe laboratory practices. Personal protective equipment (PPE) and training will be provided as necessary.
Potential student employees may also be assisting in researching best practices for qualitative and quantitative non-destructive testing (NDT) inspection techniques of polymer composite materials (glass and carbon fabric) using digital tap hammer, ultrasonic, thermographic, and photogrammetry amongst other possible tools including laser shearography and x-ray. Research of best repair practices of glass and carbon fiber composite materials as well as design and implementation of large hydraulic structures such as lock valves, lock gates, and dam gates may also be conducted.
Please email resume for consideration to the following POC’s no later than September 29, 2017.
Point of Contact
Jeffrey Ryan, 217-373-3479, email@example.com
Jonathan Trovillion, 217-373-4551, firstname.lastname@example.org