PhD Position in Civil Engineering

Job Description

BIO-RACE: An alternative construction material for the BIO-economy: RApid-build, Carbon-neutrality and Energy efficiency

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The aim of this project is to develop Irish bio-composites as carbon neutral alternatives to current construction materials, for future development into rapid build modular structural panels. Ireland needs to provide 35,000 homes per annum. This is a significant challenge as construction materials with high embodied carbon, such as steel, concrete and polystyrene, remain the primary choices producing 4.29% of global CO2. Rooted in EU legislation for carbon neutrality by 2050 supported by the bio- and circular- economies, this project will develop an attractive carbon-neutral competitor to current building materials.

The student’s main tasks will include:
1. Identifying residues and low-value materials from Irish forestry and agriculture (horticulture and tillage) for inclusion in bio-composite development for modular panels. This will involve working closely with stakeholders from these industries as well as modular construction companies.
2. performing iterative bio-composite design, testing, and refining using materials identified in 1 and compare their thermal and structural capabilities with imported alternatives and building standard requirements.
3. exploring the potential for enhancing thermal functionality for next generation bio-composites using phase-change materials (PCMs), liaising with Trinity College Dublin.
4. developing validated numerical models to assess the viability for use in complex modular scenarios using Finite Element modelling software.

Student Requirements:
Required:
Minimum 2.1 in Level 8 Degree in Material Science or Civil / Structural / Mechanical Engineering or similar
disciplines
or
Masters Level 9 in the above

Very good/excellent English IELTS 6.5 equivalent or above.

Experience doing laboratory work.
Good interpersonal and mathematical skills.

Preferred:
Knowledge of circular materials, the construction industry and finite element analysis or other numerical
modelling techniques