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csimms74
07-22-2010, 01:13 AM
The Irish National Roads Authority (NRA) will be funding a PhD/postdoctoral
position in the School of Engineering at Trinity College Dublin. The PhD
position will be funded for three years while the postdoctoral position will
be funded for two years.



Project title: Experimental and Numerical Characterization of Low-Cost
Roadside Barrier Solutions



Summary: The current project proposes to use computational modelling
techniques to evaluate the potential for proposed new designs that are based
on freely available low-cost natural building materials (e.g. stone, earth

etc.) and which meet cost, aesthetic and engineering requirements. The
proposed designs will simultaneously be evaluated for aesthetics and
lifecycle cost. A scaled prototype of the final proposed design will be
produced and physically crash tested. A computational model of the scaled
test will be developed and a comparison of the scaled and full-size
computational model results will be used to predict the likely performance
of the proposed new design in a future full-scale crash test.



Candidate Profile: Candidates for the PhD position should have a Bachelor's
degree in Civil or Mechanical Engineering or a related field; a master's
degree will be preferred.



A strong background in Finite Element Analysis and mechanics is highly
desirable.



Candidates for the postdoctoral position must have completed all the
requirements for a PhD in Civil or Mechanical Engineering or a related field
by the start date. Research experience in crash modelling using MADYMO or
similar software packages is required. Previous work in the area of crash
barrier designing is desirable.



The intended start date is Autumn 2010. PhD funding is only available for EU
students.



Interested applicants should contact Dr. Ciaran Simms (csimms@tcd.ie)



or Dr. Bidisha Ghosh (bghosh@tcd.ie) at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.