The development of hybrid timber-steel composite systems with novel interlocking mechanisms inspired by nature is an exciting research frontier of modern timber construction. Despite that steel-reinforced concrete has played a significant role in the construction industry and is the most commonly used man-made material, its high carbon footprint remains problematic. This issue needs to be addressed by the development of a more sustainable materials that can outperform traditional construction materials.
This project will investigate an innovative, hybrid composite system with bio-inspired connections that possesses superior structural resilience to extreme loads such as blast and impact. We are looking for a PhD candidate with a background in Structural Engineering and Structural Dynamics to conduct cutting edge research work on the development of innovative lightweight composite systems with enhanced resilience to extreme loads. The project will involve a development phase, followed by laboratory and field trials using impact and blast loads. Non-linear modelling of the developed protective systems will be used to optimise and develop the final design of the lightweight composite system.
About the candidate
The successful applicants are expected to hold at least an Honours 1 (or equivalent) first degree in Engineering. A Masters degree in a relevant subject area will be considered as an equivalent. The Masters must have been attained at Distinction level (75%). For international applicants, an IELTS score of 6.5 is required.
Previous experience in structural dynamics, blast/impact-resistant structures and numerical modelling (FEA or CFD) is highly desirable.
How to apply
Applicants should submit a CV clearly outlining education, with certified academic transcripts, research experience, interests, any publications and nominate two referees. It is expected that the successful applicant be available to commence the scholarship in 2022.
For further information contact Professor Alex Remennikov [Email Address Removed]