2021 Experiential Internship, Fluid Structure Interaction Modeling Intern

Lake County, IL, United States
Mar 03, 2021
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time
About AbbVie
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Internship Description:

The goal of the intern project is to develop a Fluid Structure Interaction (FSI) model by coupling solid and fluid dynamics to simulate the filling and pumping of drug product through a drug device container and associated tubing. During the filling process, the initially evacuated bag deforms as it is filled with the drug product. The deformation stresses the bag and tube materials, and it is crucial to ensure that these stresses are maintained within the critical thresholds for the corresponding materials during the filling and pumping process to avoid damage to the device. Moreover, the bag could contain dead zones from where the drug product is not pumped out which would result in a lower dose of drug being delivered to the patient. The non-Newtonian behavior of the high viscosity gel-like drug product adds to the complexity of the filling and pumping mechanisms. The model will explore the impact of material/geometry/process parameter variations on the device performance.


Preferred Qualifications:
  • Strong background in fluid mechanics and solid mechanics
  • Knowledge of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and finite element analysis (FEA) modeling
  • Experience with using commercial software ANSYS LS-DYNA is preferred
  • Critical thinker; ability to assess and solve problems independently with minimal guidance
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Minimum GPA = 3.0/4.0
  • Returning to university for at least one semester and graduating within two-years post internship
  • Currently enrolled in university, pursuing a Masters or PhD degree with a major in Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or other related field of study
  • Must be authorized to work in the US on a permanent basis without requiring sponsorship

Significant Work Activities
Continuous sitting for prolonged periods (more than 2 consecutive hours in an 8 hour day)
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