Internship: Design, Analysis and Testing of CMC bearings

Are you a Mechanical or Aerospace engineering student who wants to join us to design, analyse, and testing of next generation of wear-resistant and high-temperature stable bearings for the aerospace industry?


Who are we?

At Arceon, we are developing cutting edge composite materials and structures which exhibit unique properties such as thermal stability from cryogenic to ultra-high temperatures, extremely low thermal expansion, lightweight, corrosion resistance, high specific strength, and no detectable particle release.

Arceon is working with partners such as TNO, Senior Aerospace Bosman, NLR, DLR, TU Delft, Pangea Aerospace, Eurekite, ESA, T-Minus, Agnikul, and Astrogate Labs to implement the ArCMC material in different market segments.


What will you focus on?

The internship assignment will focus on the design, analysis, and testing of the bearing prototypes made of different fibre architectures. The focus of this internship will be on the FEA analysis of the bearing. You will be creating 3D models using CAD tools (such as SolidWorks), performing FEA analysis using Abaqus, and testing prototypes at our workshop in Delft. The duration of this internship assignment will be 5-6 months and starting date will be May 15th, 2021.


Your tasks and responsibilities

You will support our design and manufacturing experts and work under their supervision and perform the following tasks:

  • Literature Study about manufacturing techniques of thick CFRP tubes.
  • Set up a project plan and work package for your internship together with your supervisors.
  • Define load cases and boundary conditions for the FEA analysis of the bearing.
  • Use Classical Laminate theory to define the material characteristics of the bearing.
  • Material characterisation of CMCs for the FEA solver.
  • Prepare CAD models for the bearing for the FEA analysis.
  • Perform FEM analysis using the load cases, boundary conditions, and the material characteristics defined previously to simulate the thermal and structural response of the bearing.
  • Prepare a test plan to validate the bearing prototype.
  • Prepare a set-up to test the protype of the bearing.
  • Document the finding of the internship in a report.

You are

  • A Master’s student in Aerospace/Mechanical Engineering.
  • A self-starter and willing to work in a dynamic start-up environment.
  • Interested in composite materials and the design and analysis of complex structures.
  • Interested in FEA (thermo-mechanical) analysis of composites.
  • Basic knowledge of Classical laminate theory.
  • Willing to work in the workshop for prototyping and testing.
  • Passionate about the aerospace and composites industry.

What we offer

Arceon offers a dynamic entrepreneurial-driven work environment and flexible working hours. The active work culture and supervision provides all the necessary support to further expand your career in the aerospace and manufacturing industry.

At the end of the internship, the student will have sound knowledge of the novel ArCMC material as well as the design and analysis of composite structures. The candidate will have developed specific skills and hands on experience working with composite materials.

Interested? Please contact us at

NOTE: The nature of the work is confidential and should not be published without Arceon’s permission.


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