The overall aim is to develop computational modelling techniques for fracture and transport and apply them to the modelling of corrosion induced cracking of reinforced concrete. The premature deterioration of reinforced concrete due to corrosion is a worldwide problem and the availability of good service life prediction models is important for planning efficient and cost effective repair strategies. Engineers currently lack the tools to predict the time to critical limit states such as initial cover cracking, spalling of the cover and ultimate structural failure.
The successful candidate will have a good MSc or undergraduate degree in Engineering or other relevant subject. The ability to learn software programming is essential and prior experience an advantage. The ideal candidate should be enthusiastic and self-motivated with good organisational and interpersonal skills. This project will provide the opportunity to work on cutting edge research in a dynamic research environment. The successful candidate will receive expert training and gain in-depth knowledge in the area of computational fracture mechanics of concrete.
For more information contact Dr. Grassl at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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