Thesis proposal: Global buckling analysis at Ampelmann

Posted 2 weeks ago

Do you want to set the new standard for global buckling analysis of truss and plate structures for future Ampelmann projects? Buckling requirements can be challenging to meet due to continuous improvement of our systems. Are you ready for this challenge?Read more below or apply via the “apply now” button!
About Ampelmann
Ampelmann makes offshore access as easy as crossing the street. Our drive is to make the offshore industry safer, enable the energy transition and have a great career in the meantime. We combine the challenges of a large globally-operating organisation with a change-positive attitude and entrepreneurial spirit.
Your assignment
During innovation projects, global buckling analysis is performed on Ampelmann systems. The models contain many beam and plate elements. Therefore, conservative methods are used based on engineering rules/codes. A more accurate, practical, method would be a significant improvement, which is the aim of this thesis.
The goal is to compare various engineering- and scientific methods to investigate the accuracy, propose a new method and develop the tools. The analysis will be based on an existing Ampelmann system of which FEA models are available in RFEM. Other tools that can be used are: MATLAB, Python, Excel.
The assignment is performed for the innovations department, which designs and delivers new innovative Ampelmann systems and services. You will be supervised by a structural engineer of the basic/detailed team and be in contact with the structural engineering community.
We ask
  • MSc Mechanical / Offshore / Civil / Aerospace Engineering or similar with a structures background
  • English and/or Dutch
  • Duration of thesis: 6-9 months
  • Experience of or interest in structural analysis, FEA software, preferably also programming

You get
  • A nice compensation
  • A great and informal workplace in Delft
  • Fantastic lunch, amazing coffee and fun break facilities (e.g. ping pong, darts)

About the Innovations department
The innovations department designs and delivers new innovative Ampelmann systems and services. The department works in multi-disciplinary teams of young professionals. The department consists of several subdepartments: feasibility, concept, basic/detailed, production, reseach and development, and data services. The structural engineering community is a knowledge team consisting of several structural engineers working in various departments.
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You can apply before 30 May 2020 by uploading your CV and motivation letter via the “Apply Now” button on our website. In the week after the closing date, we will let you know if you have been selected for an interview. A match? Then we will offer you the assignment! If you have any questions related to this vacancy, please contact Your contact person for this vacancy is Naomi van Nederpelt.
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