Stage-Event: Developing a physical skin model representing the Human Skin

Geplaatst op: 01-04-2019 | Solliciteren voor: 01-01-2020

Philips Drachten is one of the biggest development and production centers in Europe within Philips. It is a globally oriented site. On this site, employees from all over the world collaborate enthusiastically on the development of products that improve people’s lives. The Drachten site develops numerous innovative products, such as Senseo coffee machines, Ladyshavers, vacuum cleaners, beard trimmers, hair clippers, Wake-up Lights, and shavers. Besides developing new shavers, Drachten also produces them in a shaver factory that uses cutting-edge production technology to manufacture the latest shavers 24/7. Philips Drachten has 2000 employees from 35 nationalities, including 600 development engineers.

For many applications in research, material developments and testing, physical skin models are preferred over use of real human skin, as they are more reliable and more reproducible results can be obtained. Besides that, it is not always possible to do tests with real human skin in certain applications or locations.

A skin model provides researchers great flexibility on doing their tests. The aim of this assignment is to make the translation from a human skin to a physical skin model. Human skin is a very complex structure consisting of many layers and it is dynamic, as it is a living tissue. These facts make developing a model an interesting challenge.

There are substrates on the market produced by companies, which are using special materials to mimic human skin. Mostly, these are not fitting the intention of using them in consumer products, as they are expensive and this makes them not suitable for large-scale applications. The aim of this study is to work materials like soft plastic materials, silicones, etc., that can be modified in combination with surface textures to mimic the human skin.


The aim of this study is to work with conventional materials like soft plastic materials, silicones, etc., which can be modified in combination with surface textures to mimic the human skin. This requires characterization of properties like roughness, hardness, friction coefficient, dampening, etc. of special materials available and then making the translation from these materials to conventional materials. Instruments like a universal surface tester, etc. will be used for characterization of the samples. The study not only includes the characterization of the samples, but also includes modelling activities.
Preferably biomedical or biomechanical engineering. Or mechanical engineering or applied physics.

Period: 3-6 months for 1 student


Mert Kilinc, Senior Materials & Finishing Engineer Philips Drachten, E-mail:  Tel.: +31 618 410632



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