The department of building engineering at Linnaeus University in Sweden is looking for a new PhD candidate.
The PhD project deals with development of an efficient and flexible finite element model (based on coupled spring-beam-shell-solid elements) to analyse the three-dimensional structural behaviour of multi-storey buildings using prefabricated volume modules made by wooden stud-and-rail structure. The model will be used to study the global structural behaviour of various timber walls, volume modulus and modular-based multi-storey buildings when subjected to different types of loading (wind-, snow- and moisture-related loads). Additionally the model will be used for detailed analysis and design (using so-called adaptive modelling) of the most critical connections of the structure. The model need to be fully parametrized to be able to deal with varying (and correct) geometries that include windows, doors, openings, internal walls, advanced connections, support conditions etc. To get necessary material data for the model a comprehensive experimental study of different mechanical connections will be performed. To validate the final FE-model a few full-scale tests on individual wall elements and volume modules will also be performed.
If you are interested more information about the position and the university can be found here:
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