Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Research Themes for Delft Technology Fellowship 2023-2024
The infrastructure and construction sectors face a plethora of challenges in order to reduce waste, emissions and use of raw materials. To accelerate the sustainability of these sectors, a shift from a linear ‘take-state-waste’ economy to a circular economy is crucial. These challenges can be addressed by researching the drivers and obstacles related to design, engineering and implementation, but also by researching new design methods and technologies for structures, harnessing for design for adaptation, disassembly and reuse principles. Within the wide scope of this multifaceted research field, you will further develop your future research lines on transition engineering, circularity and structural engineering.
Main research fields and challenges:
- Circular design methods and technologies;
- New (digital) technologies for reuse, repair and manufacturing;
- Collaboration across supply chains, involved in circular construction.
You will concentrate research activities on transition engineering and circular design of structures in the civil engineering field and collaborate with experts in the various groups within the department, and broader within the civil engineering faculty to study the transition of the construction industry into a more sustainable sector. Within the faculty, extended facilities are available for experimental as well as for numerical research.
Your mission should be to develop new and fundamental understanding of corrosion mechanisms in order to enable better assessments and predictions of the performance of engineered materials and structures across disciplines. Topics are corrosion of metals in porous media, such as steel in concrete or metals in soil. Especially corrosion mechanisms in underground steel pipes for geothermal wells or other energy harvesting structures are new fields to explore. Corrosion and corrosion maintenance in steel bridges and offshore structures stays an important topic. The general aim should be to improve the safety, sustainability, and durability of civil infrastructures.
Main research fields and challenges:
- Corrosion and cathodic protection.
- Reinforced concrete durability.
- Offshore and marine corrosion.
- Offshore in energy harvesting structures.
- Materials for corrosion control.
- Corrosion sensors and monitoring.
- Mathematical/computational modelling of corrosion processes and consequences.
You will concentrate research activities on corrosion mechanisms of materials and structures in the civil engineering field and collaborate with experts in the various departments of the civil engineering faculty to study the effect and consequences of corrosion on the performance of structures. The Microlab which is part of the 3MD department of the faculty has outstanding facilities for characterisation of materials properties and is equipped for corrosion research.
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