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Title: Micromechanics of cracking of clay subjected to air drying and/or gas breakthrough
Duration: 3 years
Start date: from 01/10/2020 to 31/12/2020
Eligibility: Applications from UK/EU applicants only, First Class Honours (or equivalent)
Where: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland
Supervisors: Dr Matteo Pedrotti (https://www.strath.ac.uk/staff/pedrottimatteomr/) and Professor Alessandro Tarantino (https://www.strath.ac.uk/staff/tarantinoalessandroprof/)
This 3-year PhD at the University of Strathclyde will focus on investigating the mechanisms at the micro/particle scale underpinning the process of crack formation in clay associated with air drying and/or exposure of the clay interface to gas at high pressure.
The research will mainly be experimentally-based and the PhD candidate will make use of state of the art technologies for the investigation of the clay microstructure including X-Ray Computed Tomography, Environmental Scanning Microscopy, and Mercury Intrusion Porosimetry.
Despite 100 years of research on the macro-mechanical behaviour of clay, we are still largely ignoring underlying mechanisms at the particle scale. Clay micromechanics involves the understanding of the configuration of elements (particles) and the forces controlling the kinematics of such elements. Clay micromechanics (including the evolution of particle configuration in clays when subjected to mechanical loading) has rarely been investigated explicitly and is a young and rapidly growing discipline in the field of soil mechanics.
Besides joining a vibrant geotechnical community at Strathclyde, the candidate will join the International Research Centre For Clay Micromechanics (https://www.irccm.net ) which will provide the opportunity for international collaborations and to spend a period abroad in one of the partner universities (i.e. Chalmers University of Technology – Sweden, University of Twente – The Netherlands, Université Grenoble Alpes – France, University of Brasilia – Brazil, Politecnico di Bari – Italy, Technical University of Denmark – Denmark) .
Industrial contacts will be mainly focused, but not only, towards the Carbon Storage and Sequestration sector.
Il Laboratorio 3DR dell’Université Grenoble Alpes (Francia) offre una posizione di dottorato sul tema “A micro-mechanical approach to cemented granular materials” – supervisori Alessandro Tengattini, Gioacchino (Cino) Viggiani, Pierre Bésuelle.
Scadenza per le candidature: 31 maggio 2020.
Maggiori informazioni nell’allegato:
La Facoltà di Scienze della Charles University (Praga, Repubblica Ceca) offre due posizioni di dottorato sui seguenti temi:
- Effects of thermo-hydro-mechanical coupling on slope deformation in expansive clays: advanced experiments and hypoplastic modelling (Relatore: Dr. Gianvito Scaringi)
- Evaluation of hydromechanical properties of bentonite subjected to thermal loading (Relatore: RNDr. Jan Najser)
Il bando, disponibile su https://stars-natur.cz/, scade il 13 marzo 2020.
Ulteriori informazioni nell’allegato: PhD call Prague
Il Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile e Ambientale dell’Università di Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland, UK) offre una posizione di dottorato sul tema “Vegetation-mediated ground-atmosphere interaction“.
Durata: 3 anni
Relatore: Prof. Alessandro Tarantino
Ulteriori informazioni nell’allegato: PhD Vegetation-mediated ground-atmosphere interaction
The call is open until all the positions will be filled. Candidates are urged to apply as early as they can, contacting firstname.lastname@example.org .
More information in the attachment: LMS-EPFL-openpositions
Vi trasmettiamo il seguente annuncio, ricevuto dal Prof. Gioacchino (Cino) Viggiani dell’Université Grenoble Alpes.
We (Edward Andò and Cino Viggiani) are looking for outstanding candidates for a PhD project we have that is starting this October at Laboratoire 3SR, Grenoble. It’s to do with packing and deformation problems in granular materials varying shape and friction, as well as Level Set DEM. The PhD is within a European grant which includes some industry contacts and a secondment in Germany.
See pdf file for further details and how to apply: CALIPER_AnnouncementText_ESR8
Application deadline: 15th August, 2019
The Laboratory of Soil Mechanics at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) is currently looking for two PhD students and a Postdoctoral researcher to conduct research in THM testing and modelling of geomaterials as part of research activities on nuclear waste storage.
The positions are open as of January 1st 2019, or upon agreement. More information on these positions can be found in the attached document. Interested candidates should submit their application to email@example.com.
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)