Location University of Queensland, Faculty of Engineering Architecture and Information Technology
Discipline
App. deadline 02/12/2018
Funding
  • Scholarship available
Project ID 505390
Eligibility Australian residents only

PhD - External Fire Spread Risk for Tall Building Design

The School of Civil Engineering

Job No: 505390

The School of Civil Engineering at The University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia) is offering a PhD scholarship for a motivated student to contribute to research being undertaken within the Fire Safety Engineering Research Group. Candidates with a background in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or Physics are strongly encouraged to apply. The scholarship will be for three (3) years and valued at AU$ $27,596 per year, with the possibility of up to 2 potential extensions in 6 month blocks. Top-up scholarships and international student fee-waivers are also available to exceptional candidates.

PROJECT INFORMATION

External Fire Spread Risk for Tall Building Design

Recent fire events in buildings containing cladding materials, such as aluminium composite panels (ACPs) and insulation materials, have raised concerns regarding the risk that façade systems in existing buildings may pose to the safety of building occupants and emergency services. The life safety risk posed by façade systems is represented by the potential external fire spread breaching compartmentation and the vulnerability of the building fire safety strategy to this event.

The performance of the system and its components must be understood explicitly in order to perform an adequate fire risk assessment of façade systems. One of the key requirements to define performance is related to the quantification of the external vertical and horizontal fire spread rate in the façade, to the extent and precision possible. However, due to the high complexity of façade systems and extended source of available components to the design, assessing the performance of façade systems is far from trivial. Recent research efforts have focused on characterising the individual components so that the performance of intermediate- and full-scale systems can be interrelated to fundamental behaviour.

This research aims at building a conservative, yet robust framework to assess the external fire spread hazard of façade systems used in tall building design. The methodology consists of developing an intermediate-scale testing method that can be used to build up fundamental flammability properties from system components and other crucial façade features. Experimental work within the scope of this project will be carried in the state of the art Fire Laboratories at The University of Queensland and in the Queensland Emergency Services Training Academy (Whyte Island, Brisbane).

The Role

This research aims at building a conservative, yet robust framework to assess the external fire spread hazard of façade systems used in tall building design. The methodology consists of developing an intermediate-scale testing method that can be used to build up fundamental flammability properties from system components and other crucial façade features. Experimental work within the scope of this project will be carried in the state of the art Fire Laboratories at The University of Queensland and in the Queensland Emergency Services Training Academy (Whyte Island, Brisbane).

The person

Candidates must hold a relevant undergraduate or Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Physics or other related field. Candidates with skills or interested in fire safety engineering, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and/or forestry are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants must meet eligibility criteria for a Research Training Program scholarship. For further information, please visit: http://www.uq.edu.au/grad-school/scholarships-and-fees).

Remuneration

The University of Queensland’s School of Civil Engineering offers a PhD scholarship for a motivated student to contribute to research being undertaken within the Fire Safety Engineering Research Group.. The current RTP Stipend rate is AUD $27,596 per annum (2019 rate, indexed annually) tax-free for three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances.

Students from Australian and New Zealand are not required to pay tuition fees. International students will be expected to apply for UQ scholarships for international students for tuition support (for more information, please visit: http://www.uq.edu.au/grad-school/scholarships-and-fees). Prospective international students will be provided with assistance to apply for tuition scholarship.

Mandatory requirements for applicants

Mandatory requirements for applicants:

Desirable requirements for international applicants

Desirable requirements:

  • 1 or more publications;
  • Experience and/or background in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or Physics.

For further requirements of the UQ Graduate School, see UQ research degrees.

Enquiries

To discuss the role please contact Dr Juan P. Hidalgo at j.hidalgo@uq.edu.au.To find out more about Dr Juan P. Hidalgo: https://researchers.uq.edu.au/researcher/15470

Applications:

To apply for this role please DO NOT use the Apply button below. Please contact:

Dr Juan Hidalgo Medina 

Lecturer in Timber Engineering

School of Civil Engineering

Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

 j.hidalgo@uq.edu.au
 +61 7 336 53838 

Please send a current CV and a cover letter outlining your reasons for applying and the suitability for the scholarship to Dr Juan Hidalgo Medina.

Applications Close:  01/12/2018



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