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EGU General Assembly 2020 – Sessione sulla geotermia superficiale

Vi segnaliamo, nell’ambito della EGU General Assembly 2020 (Vienna, 3-8 maggio 2020), la sessione sulla geotermia superficiale per il condizionamento degli edifici.
La sessione ERE 2.8, intitolata Shallow geothermal systems for building heating and cooling: geoscience and engineering approaches, è coordinata da Giorgia Dalla Santa (Università di Padova), Witold Bogusz (Polish Building Research Institute, Warsaw), Francesco Cecinato (Università di Milano), Fleur Loveridge (University of Leeds) e Donatella Sterpi (Politecnico di Milano). È possibile presentare entro il 15 gennaio 2020 un sommario a cui farà seguito una presentazione orale o tramite poster, da tenere nell’ambito della sessione durante il convegno.

The session welcomes contributions about shallow geothermal energy applications, including traditional closed- and open-loop borehole heat exchangers as well as so-called energy geostructures (e.g. thermo-active foundations, walls, tunnels).
Different types of analysis and approaches are relevant to this session, spanning from the evaluation of ground thermal properties to the mapping of shallow geothermal potential, from energy storage and district heating to sustainability issues and consequences of the geothermal energy use, from the design of new heat exchangers and installation techniques to the energy and thermo-(hydro-) mechanical performance of energy geostructures. Contributions based on experimental, analytical and numerical modelling are welcome as well as interventions about legislative aspects.

Ulteriori informazioni sulla sezione alla pagina: https://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2020/session/34720

Sito web EGU General Assembly 2020:  https://www.egu2020.eu/

Opportunity for PhD studies on Unsaturated Geomaterials and Contaminant Transport at Monash University (Melbourne)

Three scholarships are available for PhD studies commencing in 2019. The scholarships will provide support for three years on a full-time basis for a research project leading to a PhD.

Project 1: the project aims at developing an experimentally validated theory of the behaviour of geosynthetic clay liners (GCLs) under high temperatures and salt gradients that will lead to a significant improvement in the understanding of their hydraulic behaviour. The PhD will focus on the evaluation of temperature effects, wet/dry cycles salt gradients and stress changes on the water retention curves (WRCs) of geosynthetic clay liners.

Project 2 (2 scholarships): the project will focus on contaminant transport through lining systems. Particular emphasis will be given to chemical compatibility issues between a suite of emerging contaminants (PFAS, etc.) and soil and geosynthetic liners. This project aims at providing practitioners with better tools to estimate the design life of hydraulic barriers systems.

Applicants should have an Honours 1 or First Class Honours Degree in Engineering or Science and an interest in analytical/numerical and experimental research. The scholarship value is A$28,500  per annum, with the possibility of a top-up depending on academic standing and/or experience. The potential for further earning is also possible through tutoring.

For further information, contact Prof. Malek Bouazza, at malek.bouazza@monash.edu. Applications including a curriculum vitae, a copy of academic transcript, evidence of English-language proficiency (international applicants only) names and contact details of at least two academic referees should be sent to the above email address.

Research positions at Imperial College (UK), EPFL (Zwitzerland), Newcastle University (UK)

Applications are invited for a one year full-time researcher based in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London in the area of discrete element modelling and computational fluid dynamics. The successful applicant will join the Geotechnics research group as a member of research staff and will conduct research on an EPSRC funded project entitled “Particle-scale investigation of seepage induced geotechnical instability”. The work will be conducted under the supervision of Professor Catherine O’Sullivan.
The start date for this research post is July 1 2019.
More information at: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs/description/ENG00849/research-assistantassociate/

Postdoctoral position in Energy Geostructures field, Laboratory of Soil Mechanics (LMS), EPF Lausanne.
The position, funded by Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), aims at providing fundamental information on the mechanisms governing the cyclic thermo-mechanical behaviour of energy geostructures by analyzing multiphysical processes occurring within the soil, soil-structure interface and along energy geostructures through an experimental, theoretical, and numerical approach.
The position is now open and will start on August 1st 2019 or upon agreement.
More information in: Postdoc-Position-LMS-EPFL-2

Post of Research Assistant/Research Associate in the School of Engineering at Newcastle University in the area of computational geotechnics. The successful applicant will carry out high-quality research on infrastructure embankments and the impacts of climate change. This project is part ACHILLES consortium which comprises the Universities of Newcastle, Durham, Loughborough, Southampton, Bath and Leeds and the British Geological Survey.
The closing date for applications is 26th May 2019.
More information at: https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BRV878/research-assistant-associate-d174412r2

Borse di dottorato presso University of Strathclyde, Glasgow – UK (scadenza 25/10/2018)

Il  Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering dell’University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland, UK) offre due posizioni di dottorato sui seguenti temi:

1) Clay micromechanics: from experimental  evidence at the nano/micro scale to particle-scale modelling via Discrete Element Method

2) Engineering  vegetation to stabilise geotechnical structures: developing open-air portable laboratory to design vegetation-based remedial measures

Durata: 3 anni
Borsa: £1230/mese
Scadenza della domanda: 25 ottobre 2018

La data di inizio è prevista tra gennaio e febbraio 2019. Si richiede un voto di laurea non inferiore a 104/110 (possibilmente 110/110). Per ulteriori informazioni, contattare il Prof. Alessandro Tarantino (alessandro.tarantino@strath.ac.uk)

L’Associazione

Il GNIG (Gruppo Nazionale di Ingegneria Geotecnica) si propone di promuovere il coordinamento delle attività di ricerca e di formazione nel Settore Scientifico Disciplinare ICAR07 – 08/B1 ‘Geotecnica’, di curare le relazioni con gli altri Settori Scientifico Disciplinari, con gli Organi di Governo dell’Università e con le Associazioni Scientifiche e Culturali del Settore.

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