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Product Development, Friction Materials

 

Basic Function:

The function of this position includes the development of new friction product technologies, new friction product concepts, core design theories and understanding necessary for the design and development of present and new generation Automotive Transmission Systems products.

 

Dimensions:

The candidate must show demonstrated abilities and thoroughly capable of research and development in the area of Materials Science, Tribology, Friction Phenomena, Transport Phenomena, Friction and Related Systems, and computer modeling. The candidate must be fully capable of utilizing various analytical tools and facilities (e.g. computer, computer software, test instruments, etc.) necessary for the research, development, and analysis of new Transmission Systems Friction Products.

 

Nature and Scope:

The purpose of this position is to develop new friction product technologies, new friction product concepts, care design theories and understanding necessary for the development of new TS products. Dissemination of the acquired technologies, concepts, core design theories and design methodologies to the TS Business sites in the form of written documents / reports / computer presentations / and oral presentations wilt be required,. The candidate will also be responsible for acting as a technical consultant to the Transmission Systems Business Units regarding these new core technologies understanding and new product concept transfer.

 

The candidate will interface effectively with: (1) Advanced Friction Products R&D; (2) Advanced Manufacturing Technology; (3) Advanced Transmission System Technology  . The Transmission Systems product needs are largely based on market directions and analysis. The candidate is expected to identify and define the technologies necessary for the facilitation of the design and development of such products.

 

The position requires a Ph.D. in Materials Science, Chemical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering, along with one to five years experience in materials used for the development of systems for friction applications.

 

Accountabilities:

 

1. Identify and develop product design technology by:

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Identifying product sensitivities.

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Determine the sensitivity of the product design to the performance of the mechanical components.

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Determine the sensitivity of the product design to the performance of the mechanical assembly.

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Identify those parameters of which our competitor's products are more sensitive.

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Develop product performance theories.

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Develop scientific theories that explain observed product performance.

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Develop mathematical models to support these theories and which can be used to predict product performance.

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Conduct laboratory research in support of the theories and models.

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Publish internal and external engineering papers (e.g. SAE) defining the product performance phenomena, scientific theory, and supporting laboratory research.

 

2.       Design and develop new and/or evolutionary Friction products.

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Create product design concepts.

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Develop product concepts through to a functional prototype.

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Create and supervise a testing program, which will map‑out the limitations and required component specifications of new product.

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Document and design methodologies, limitations, and specifications for the new product, and internally publish these documents

 

3.       Provide analytical basis and understanding to the engineers at the client’s business units

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Develop scientific theories that explain product performance.

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Using mathematical models, analyze the product in regards to the performance theory.

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Conduct laboratory research in support of the theories.

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Publish internal documentation defining the product performance phenomena, and the supporting analysis and research..

 

4.       Develop systems design technologies that will poise the business units for the design of Transmission Friction Systems.

 

5.       Plan, direct and coordinate the timely execution of assigned projects.

 

Expectations:

1.       Material Structure/Properties‑Friction Performance Relationship Analysis.

2.       New Friction Product Concepts Development.

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Unique Friction Pack Idea

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New Friction Materials Development

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Emerging, non‑traditional, non‑paper based friction materials

3.       Interfacial Friction Phenomena Analysis and Basic Theories Development.

4.       Degradation Studies and Modeling (Chemical and Physical).

5.       Friction Material/Metal Surface Modifications

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Product/Science Development

6.       Friction Interface Development

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Friction Material/Metal Interface Package Development with Basic Understanding of Combined Effects .

7.       Identification and verification of new friction material components for next generation friction materials

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Characterization and qualification of new materials

 

Qualifications:

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Prior experience in friction materials development for "wet" clutch, dry brakes, or friction related applications.

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1 ‑ 5 Years industrial experience.

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Research experience in Computer Modeling.

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Research experience in friction test methods and test equipment.

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Familiarity with analytical methods and computational methods.

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Ph.D. in Material Science, or Chemical Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering preferred

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Strong communication skills.

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Self starter.

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Demonstrated potential for Project Management.

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Demonstrated abilities in both Research and Development.

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