PhD project: Advanced engineering tool for lightweight composite 3D print of concrete design formwork

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Responsibilities and qualifications
The general objective of the PhD project is to facilitate robotic 3D-printing of lightweight composite formwork allowing a greater design freedom for concrete structures by a cost effective method.

The PhD project will be a part of a larger project on the topic. The specific PhD project is oriented towards the development and verification of an optimised formwork solution for a given structural design. This includes development of numerical tools/analysis of the formwork with respect to material consumption, constructability and strength/stability resulting in an optimised formwork design tool.

Furthermore, experimental material characterisation of the formwork material and experimental validation of full-scale formwork is to be planned and carried out using our state-of-the-art structural lab facilities.

Close collaboration with the DTU group at DTU Mechanical Engineering on additive manufacturing and the industrial partners is expected in order for the project to succeed.

Are you curious about this topic and interested in contributing to the development of a novel method, moving the boundaries for future concrete design? Then you may become our new PhD candidate.

You must have a two-year master's degree (120 ECTS points) in structural engineering, civil engineering or similar areas - or a similar degree with an academic level equivalent to a two-year master's degree.

Furthermore you must have

  • a strong flavour for working in the interface between numerical modelling and experimental mechanics.
  • knowledge about structural engineering and a solid basis in theoretical structural engineering.

Preference will be given to a theoretical background in Structural Engineering and the Finite Element Method and a solid experience with experimental activities.

The candidate is expected to be fluent in spoken and written English.

Approval and Enrolment

The scholarship for the PhD degree is subject to academic approval, and the candidate will be enrolled in one of the general degree programmes at DTU. For information about our enrolment requirements and the general planning of the PhD study programme, please see the DTU PhD Guide .

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Salary and appointment terms
The appointment will be based on the collective agreement with the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations. The allowance will be agreed upon with the relevant union. The period of employment is 3 years.

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The daily working place is the DTU campus, Kongens Lyngby. An extended research stay at University is foreseen being part of the project.

Further information
Further information may be obtained from associate professor Jens H. Nielsen, phone.: +45 45255127, professor Per Goltermann, phone: +45 45251684 or professor Henrik Stang, phone: +45 45251735.

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If you are applying from abroad, you may find useful information on working in Denmark and at DTU at DTU – Moving to Denmark .

Please submit your online application no later than 1 May 2021 (Danish time).

Applications must be submitted as one PDF file containing all materials to be given consideration. To apply, please open the link "Apply online", fill out the online application form, and attach all your materials in English in one PDF file. The file must include:

  • A letter motivating the application (cover letter)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Grade transcripts and BSc/MSc diploma
  • Excel sheet with translation of grades to the Danish grading system (see guidelines and Excel spreadsheet here )
  • A brief scientific text (max. 1 page) reflecting on important model parameters to predict wall impacts caused by a burning vehicle or a hydrogen jet flame in a tunnel accident scenario.

You may apply prior to ob­tai­ning your master's degree but cannot begin before having received it.

All interested candidates irrespective of age, gender, race, disability, religion or ethnic background are encouraged to apply.

DTU Civil Engineering develops and utilizes science and technical knowledge for the benefit of society through a sustainable development of construction and the built environment. As part of a strong university, the department provides research, study programs, innovation and research-based consultancy of the highest quality in civil engineering. The Department develops new knowledge and solutions for the challenges facing the construction industry based on classic disciplines of building research, as well as the monitoring and decoding of physical phenomena,—we combine theory and practice.

DTU Civil Engineering has a special role in researching, educating and developing new construction engineering solutions for Arctic settings, for the benefit of society in both Denmark and Greenland. The department has a scientific staff of about 80 persons, 60 PhD students, and a technical/administrative support staff of about 50 persons.

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