PhD in Engineering: Numerical modelling and experimental investigation of micro-macro-cracking in...

Cardiff University
August 28 2017
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Full Time
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This exciting PhD project is linked to a research project on the development of a novel computational model for simulating the behaviour of fibre reinforced cementitious composites (FRCCs) that explicitly predicts the development of micro-cracks and their coalescence into macro-cracks.

The work will involve:

  1. Undertaking a series of experimental tests in which the development of micro-cracks and formation of macro-cracks inside and on the surface of FRCC specimens will be tracked using non-destructive monitoring techniques.

  2. The extension of a micromechanics-based constitutive model for FRCCs by devising a micro-crack coalescence criterion informed by the findings from the experimental work.

  3. Carrying out a series of validation tests for the material model developed in using experimental data acquired.

The PhD will suit someone who is able in mathematics, programming, engineering theory and who has a good understanding of material behaviour and is able to undertake and critically analyse a programme of experimental work.

This job comes from a partnership with Science Magazine and Euraxess