Funded PhD Opportunity Fire Dynamics and Material
This opportunity is now closed.
The successful applicant will work on experimental and numerical study of fire dynamics and materials flammability of modern materials used in buildings, aviation, transportation etc. For experimental investigation, the student will avail of the state-of-the-art experimental facility at FireSERT arranging from high-precision thermal analytical instruments for detailed measurements of thermal degradation of milligram samples in different atmospheres, to meso-scale testing of material flammability and fire behaviour using the standard apparatus such as cone calorimeter and tube furnace, and to large-scale testing using customised experimental rigs for enclosure and façade fires. The research environment also includes wet chemistry provisions for syntheses of flame retardant polymers and a range of spectroscopic techniques for characterisation of novel formulations and materials.
In terms of computer modelling, the student will develop advanced models to address the different important phenomena in fire such as combustion, radiation, production of smoke and carbon monoxide and structural behaviours using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and finite element analysis (FEA). These models will be validated against literature data and/or available experimental data at FireSERT.
Some potential topics include:
*Burning behaviours of liquid and solid fuels in compartment and façade fires,
*Mechanical and thermal behaviours of glazing in fire
*Natural and mechanical ventilation in atria
*Passive fire protection of facade structures: development of fire protective coatings.
- Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) Degree from a UK institution (or overseas award deemed equivalent via UK NARIC)
- Experience using research methods or other approaches relevant to the subject domain
- Sound understanding of subject area as evidenced by a comprehensive research proposal
If the University receives a large number of applicants for the project, the following desirable criteria may be applied to shortlist applicants for interview.
- A comprehensive and articulate personal statement
Vice Chancellors Research Scholarships (VCRS)
The scholarships will cover tuition fees and a maintenance award of £14,777 per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). Applications are invited from UK, European Union and overseas students.
- Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
- Belfast School of Architecture and the Built Environment
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