Industrial Ph.D. on Fire Assessment to Ensure Second-life Potentials of Timber Elements

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Industrial Ph.D. on Fire Assessment to Ensure Second-life Potentials of Timber Elements
DBI - The Danish Institute of Fire and Security Technology is looking for a highly qualified candidate for an Industrial Ph.D. project on Fire performance assessment methodology to ensure second-life potential of reused load-bearing timber elements. The project is a collaboration between DBI and the section for Materials and Durability at DTU Sustain and Division of Fire Safety Engineering at Lund University.

Background
Reusing building materials rather than recycling them is key for reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in the construction industry. For reuse to become scalable, developing non-destructive assessment methods for creating documentation and placing responsibility is crucial. We aim to address this challenge with a focus on load-bearing timber elements, which holds the greatest reduction potential for a fire technical complex material. It is difficult to quantify if two seemingly identical reused materials will perform similarly in a firetest. Firetests must therefore be performed on each specimen, damaging the products in the process. The greatest demand for fire technical documentation of reused building materials in the market concerns load-bearing timber elements as they account for a substantial CO2- reduction potential and are hence the focus of this project.

The project
The normal procedure of fire testing every element will be inapplicable as it will result in damaging these products. Therefore, a novel approach using non-destructive methods is imperative. This project aims to develop a fire assessment methodology to address this research gap, generating new knowledge that can be readily applicable in the future on the field and that contributes towards the efforts to address sustainability

concerns within the construction industry. This will serve as basis for establishing compliance through

guidelines and to achieve homogenous grading of secondary loadbearing timber elements. It is difficult to establish the fire rating of old timber elements without knowledge on their material properties. The core approach is to establish a methodology linking measurable material properties (using non-destructive tools) to fire performance. This methodology will consist of several steps. Work will start with first identifying the most applicable NDTs (such as ultrasonic wave, thermography) as well as the most influential material properties in relation to fire for these products. The work will include laboratory analysis, fire testing, data management and NDT-technology scouting

The candidate will work in the Section for Materials and Durability under the Department of Environment and Resource Engineering at DTU. The research team at DTU has a plethora of experience both theoretically and experimentally with regards to circular construction and the use of non-destructive methods and tools.

Additionally, the candidate will have access to the state-of-the-art fire testing equipment at DBI ranging from small to largescale tests essential for this project.

The ideal candidate should have/be:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field, e.g. civil/ structural engineering, wood science, fire engineering, physics or equivalent
  • Good written and spoken communication skills in English
  • For Master-students from a Danish University: A Master thesis grade of at least 10 and EITHER a weighted grade average of 9.5 for your master’s degree alone, OR a weighted grade average of 8.2 for your bachelor’s and master’s degrees together.
  • An Industrial PhD candidate with a non-Danish education does not have to meet a certain grade requirement. Instead, the candidate must be among the top 30 % in the graduation class for the master’s and bachelor’s study programs combined. The application must include documentation for the ranking of the candidate. This documentation must be signed by the educational institution, and must be in Danish, English, Norwegian or Swedish.
  • Experience with heat transfer, material properties and numerical modelling of (building) physics will be considered as an advantage
  • Experience in working in laboratories or testing facilities will be considered as an advantage.
  • Experience working with programming tools such as Python, COMSOL or Matlab will be considered as an advantage.

Details:

  • The candidate can start the PhD-project at the earliest possible, however no later than Sept 1st, 2022.
  • The PhD is fully funded.
  • The candidate will be located in DBI's Advanced Product Development employing several experts in small scale fire tests, advanced modelling of materials in high-temperature environments as well as experts in mechanical engineering and data science.
  • The Danish Institute of Fire and Security Technology (DBI) is Denmark's leading knowledge center in the field of security and fire safety and prevention. We maintain our knowledge through relevant participation in research and development activities and services that we offer to private and public enterprises, institutions, and authorities. DBI is an independent, private, non-profit enterprise. The mission of DBI is to protect lives and property. We aim to increase innovation in Danish companies and provide testing, consultancy, and investigation for the purposes of security and fire safety.

We are approved by the Ministry of Higher Education and science as a GTS institute. All profits earned are invested in research and development. DBI employs 250 people, mainly engineers.

Contacts:
For interested candidates, Please submit your application expressing your interest, and attach CV, diploma and grades and if relevant a list of publications via the 'Apply for position' button at the right. We will contact relevant applicants for an interview.

For questions about the position, you are welcome to contact Christian Fundby Schou, Head of Advanced Product Development at DBI. csj@dbigroup.dk or alternatively Bjarne Husted: bph@dbigroup.dk and Lisbeth M. Ottosen: lo@byg.dtu.dk .

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS
Aug 1st, 2022.

Lokation: Hvidovre

Application deadline: 01 Sep 2022

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Industrial Ph.D. on Fire Assessment to Ensure Second-life Potentials of Timber Elements

Industrial Ph.D. on Fire Assessment to Ensure Second-life Potentials of Timber Elements
DBI - The Danish Institute of Fire and Security Technology is looking for a highly qualified candidate for an Industrial Ph.D. project on Fire performance assessment methodology to ensure second-life potential of reused load-bearing timber elements. The project is a collaboration between DBI and the section for Materials and Durability at DTU Sustain and Division of Fire Safety Engineering at Lund University.

Background
Reusing building materials rather than recycling them is key for reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in the construction industry. For reuse to become scalable, developing non-destructive assessment methods for creating documentation and placing responsibility is crucial. We aim to address this challenge with a focus on load-bearing timber elements, which holds the greatest reduction potential for a fire technical complex material. It is difficult to quantify if two seemingly identical reused materials will perform similarly in a firetest. Firetests must therefore be performed on each specimen, damaging the products in the process. The greatest demand for fire technical documentation of reused building materials in the market concerns load-bearing timber elements as they account for a substantial CO2- reduction potential and are hence the focus of this project.

The project
The normal procedure of fire testing every element will be inapplicable as it will result in damaging these products. Therefore, a novel approach using non-destructive methods is imperative. This project aims to develop a fire assessment methodology to address this research gap, generating new knowledge that can be readily applicable in the future on the field and that contributes towards the efforts to address sustainability

concerns within the construction industry. This will serve as basis for establishing compliance through

guidelines and to achieve homogenous grading of secondary loadbearing timber elements. It is difficult to establish the fire rating of old timber elements without knowledge on their material properties. The core approach is to establish a methodology linking measurable material properties (using non-destructive tools) to fire performance. This methodology will consist of several steps. Work will start with first identifying the most applicable NDTs (such as ultrasonic wave, thermography) as well as the most influential material properties in relation to fire for these products. The work will include laboratory analysis, fire testing, data management and NDT-technology scouting

The candidate will work in the Section for Materials and Durability under the Department of Environment and Resource Engineering at DTU. The research team at DTU has a plethora of experience both theoretically and experimentally with regards to circular construction and the use of non-destructive methods and tools.

Additionally, the candidate will have access to the state-of-the-art fire testing equipment at DBI ranging from small to largescale tests essential for this project.

The ideal candidate should have/be:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field, e.g. civil/ structural engineering, wood science, fire engineering, physics or equivalent
  • Good written and spoken communication skills in English
  • For Master-students from a Danish University: A Master thesis grade of at least 10 and EITHER a weighted grade average of 9.5 for your master’s degree alone, OR a weighted grade average of 8.2 for your bachelor’s and master’s degrees together.
  • An Industrial PhD candidate with a non-Danish education does not have to meet a certain grade requirement. Instead, the candidate must be among the top 30 % in the graduation class for the master’s and bachelor’s study programs combined. The application must include documentation for the ranking of the candidate. This documentation must be signed by the educational institution, and must be in Danish, English, Norwegian or Swedish.
  • Experience with heat transfer, material properties and numerical modelling of (building) physics will be considered as an advantage
  • Experience in working in laboratories or testing facilities will be considered as an advantage.
  • Experience working with programming tools such as Python, COMSOL or Matlab will be considered as an advantage.

Details:

  • The candidate can start the PhD-project at the earliest possible, however no later than Sept 1st, 2022.
  • The PhD is fully funded.
  • The candidate will be located in DBI's Advanced Product Development employing several experts in small scale fire tests, advanced modelling of materials in high-temperature environments as well as experts in mechanical engineering and data science.
  • The Danish Institute of Fire and Security Technology (DBI) is Denmark's leading knowledge center in the field of security and fire safety and prevention. We maintain our knowledge through relevant participation in research and development activities and services that we offer to private and public enterprises, institutions, and authorities. DBI is an independent, private, non-profit enterprise. The mission of DBI is to protect lives and property. We aim to increase innovation in Danish companies and provide testing, consultancy, and investigation for the purposes of security and fire safety.

We are approved by the Ministry of Higher Education and science as a GTS institute. All profits earned are invested in research and development. DBI employs 250 people, mainly engineers.

Contacts:
For interested candidates, Please submit your application expressing your interest, and attach CV, diploma and grades and if relevant a list of publications via the 'Apply for position' button at the right. We will contact relevant applicants for an interview.

For questions about the position, you are welcome to contact Christian Fundby Schou, Head of Advanced Product Development at DBI. csj@dbigroup.dk or alternatively Bjarne Husted: bph@dbigroup.dk and Lisbeth M. Ottosen: lo@byg.dtu.dk .

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS
Aug 1st, 2022.

Lokation: Hvidovre

Application deadline: 01 Sep 2022

Skriv i din ansøgning, at du fandt jobbet på ofir.dk


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