Thomas Dick, PhD

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AddressStutterheimstrasse 16-18/3/13, 1150 Vienna, Austria

Professional Carreer

May 2009 to todayconsulting engineer and managing director, tortuetec GmbH, Austria
January 2007 to May 2009project manager for the conception and implementation of a steel processing plant, Böhler-Uddeholm Precision Strip GmbH, Austria
February 2003 to August 2006scientist, Armines, France. Finite element method development for SNECMA aeroplane engines
December 2004 to March 2006scientist, AC2T Research GmbH, Wiener Neustadt. Minor employment for triboligical modeling and material modeling
January 2002 to October 2002military-scientific expert, Austrian armed forces, Austria
InternshipsAVL, Ebner Industrieofenbau, Isovolta, Miba Sintermetall


January 2003 to August 2006PhD, computational material science at École des Mines de Paris
September 1998 to September 1999Bachelor of Engineering, aerospace technology & composite materials at Technical University of Moscow (MGTU)
October 1994 to December 2001Diplomingenieur (master's degree), material science at Montanuniversität Leoben, Austria
September 1990 to May 1994Matura (final secondary-school examinations) at BRG Fadingerstraße Linz
September 1986 to May 1990Vienna Boys Choir, school exams at BRG Albertgasse, Vienna

Commercial Qualifications

Business Planningstrategy development, positioning, business model canvas, value proposition canvas , financial planning
Administrationbusiness management, personnel management, controlling, risk management
Marketingmarketing planning, web marketing, presentations, conference talks
Salessales planning, sales process execution, proposals
Project Managementcontract design, contract negotiation, contract management, cost controlling


  • technical and commercial project management for planning and implementing a steel processing plant, Böhler-Uddeholm Precession Strip GmbH
  • technical project management with tortuetec GmbH
  • business management and personnel management with tortuetec GmbH

Material and Part Testing

  • tensile tests, compression tests, cyclical tests at -40°C to 200°C
  • development and application of test methods
    • for measuring nonlinear, time dependent properties of polymers
    • for measuring anisotropic, thermo-mechanical material properties
    • for measuring size dependent material properties
    • for the evaluation of meso and macro scale material heterogeneity
  • specimen preparation from parts
  • measurement of thermo-mechanical properties of parts
  • specimen design (stress gradients, stability, alignment sensitivity, …)
  • start-up of a test laboratory

Material Modeling

  • modeling of thermo-mechanical, cyclical, time- and temperature dependent properties of unreinforced and particle reinforced polymers (PE, PP, PA, POM, PTFE)
  • modeling of water diffusion (humidity) in PA
  • multi scale modeling of production route dependent (anisotropic and heterogeneous) thermo-mechanical properties of sheet molding compounds (SMC)
  • micro-macro modeling (homogenisation, FEA) of titanium alloy using crystal plasticity
  • thermo-mechanical modeling of polymer forming in finite strains, including necking/instability, strain hardening and viscoplasticity
  • modeling of asymmetric tension-compression behavior of polymers
  • multi kinematic Chaboche material models for modeling cyclic plasticity and strain ratchetting of metals
  • application of abaqus material models to polymers and metals (2-layer model, PRN, hyperelasticity (Arruda-Boyce, Marlow, …), creep, …)
  • thermo-mechanical viscoplastic Chaboche-type material models of steel and aluminium automotive powertrain components
  • creation of fatigue models of short fiber reinforced polymers and SMC materials using FEMFAT
  • implementation of fatigue postprocessing routine using the FKM guideline

Structural Simulation

  • coupled thermo-mechanical FEA (Abaqus)
  • forming simulation (Abaqus, CodeAster)
  • crash simulation of polymer components (Abaqus Explicit)
  • fatigue prediction (FEMFAT, Z-set, CodeAster, own code)
  • wear simulation (Z-set with plugins)
  • linear and nonlinear stability problems
  • thermal simulation taking convection, conduction and radiation into account (CodeSaturn + Syrthes)
  • simulation of local water content in plastics specimens (CodeAster)
  • participation in the simulation and evaluation of injection molding of fiber reinforced polymers (Moldex)

Process Development

  • basaltic fiber drawing process (experimentation and simulation)
  • hardening, rolling, grinding, polishing of steel strip and wire (experimentation and simulation)
  • batch processing and continuous processing of plastics: sintering, heat treatment, forming (experimentation and simulation)

System Development

  • specification of equipment for steel strip processing
  • calculation, design and implementation of equipment for basaltic fiber production

Component Development

  • injection molded, fiber reinforced, thermoplastic parts
  • hardened steel springs

Coding, Software Development

Pythondevelopment of libraries for planning, executing, evaluating and documenting tests and simulations
C++development of wear simulation and plugins for Z-set
Fortanuser subroutines for CodeSaturn und CodeAster
gawkFKM guideline based fatigue post processing for CodeAster, format converters
  • Readability of code, code design, documentation and testing.


Germanmother tongue
Englishbusiness fluent