PhD Projects

They investigate consumption and optimisation of scarce ressources and the application of new materials

Five PhD students are currently associated with the Research Group. The PhD students conduct research on the consumption and optimisation of scarce resources, as well as on the use of new types of resources and materials.

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  • Industrial PhD. and M.Sc. of Engineering Ines L. Breda, Skanderborg Forsyningsvirksomhed A/S.

    In her Industrial PhD project, "Biostimulation of prokaryotic communities in drinking water biofilters”, PhD student and engineer, Ines L. Breda, investigates how to stimulate the growth and capacity of the micro-organisms responsible for drinking water in water-work filters. The project is expected to identify whether or not the following can be achieved through the use of biostimulation: (a) an improvement in the quality of water intended for human consumption; (b), a more efficient water treatment process; and (c), and in particular, a reduction in the energy consumption therein. 

     
    Biostimulation of drinking water biofilters will be investigated in three work packages: (1) biostimulation facilitated by alternative filter media; (2) biostimulation facilitated through the addition of supplemental nutrients; and (3) biostimulation facilitated by the use of novel modular process design. 
     
    Project period: 2016-2019 
    Project partners: Skanderborg Forsyningsvirksomhed A/S, Aalborg University and VIA University College. 
    Financing: The project is supported by Skanderborg Forsyningsvirksomhed A/S and Innovation Fund Denmark. 
     
    See the project and read the project description at UC-viden
  • Industrial PhD. and M.Sc. of Engineering Victor M. Meson, COWI.

    Carbon Steel fibre reinforced concrete (SFRC) is widely utilised in ready-mixed and prefabricated civil constructions. However, the consideration of steel fibres for the structural verification of SFRC structures exposed to aggressive conditions is still controversial among the main international standards and guidelines. Therefore, further research in this field is necessary.

    In his Industrial PhD project, “Corrosion resistance of steel fibre reinforced concrete structures”, PhD student and engineer, Victor M. Meson, investigates and evaluates the durability of SFRC structures exposed to chlorides and carbon dioxide. The project will focus on: (a) Characterising the design and service conditions leading to steel fibre corrosion in SFRC elements exposed to chlorides and carbon dioxide; (b) Identifying the underlying mechanisms governing the deterioration of SFRC subject to corrosive environments; (c) Quantifying the impact of steel fibre corrosion on the mechanical behaviour of SFRC elements exposed to chlorides and carbon dioxide. The project aims to identify the degradation processes of steel fibres and its impacts on the long-term mechanical properties of SFRC elements exposed to chlorides.
     
    Project period: 2015-2018 
    Project partners: COWI, Technical University of Denmark, VIA University College, KrampeHarex GmbH and the Danish Road Directorate. 
    Financing: The project is supported by COWI, Innovation Fund Denmark and COWI-fonden. 
     
  • Industrial PhD. and M.Sc. of Engineering Maria Alberdi-Pagola, Centrum Pæle A/S.

    In her PhD project, ”Thermo-mechanical investigation of energy piles in Denmark”, PhD student and engineer, Maria Alberdi-Pagola, combines experimental and numerical characterisation in order to investigate to what extent this thermal loading affects the ultimate and/or the service limit state of the pile.

     
    The PhD project has overlapping scientific and commercial perspectives: (1) characterising the thermal behaviour of the pile which has to be optimised with respect to storage and abstraction of heat from the ground; (2) characterising the geotechnical performance of the pile quantifying the thermal loads added to the structural actions due to the geothermal use.
     
    The PhD project aims to develop novel approaches that better characterise what heat transfer in and around such structures is required.
     
    Project period: 2015-2018 
    Project partners: Centrum Pæle A/S, Aalborg University and VIA University College. 
    Financing: The project is supported by Centrum Pæle A/S, Innovation Fund Denmark and Insero Fonden.  
     
  • PhD.-student and mechanical engineer Jon Svenninggaard, VIA University College.

    In his PhD project, “Developing a novel approach to evaluating the fracture energies in a 3D delamination process in layered composite materials, regardless of crack front or material fibre orientation”, PhD student and mechanical engineer, Jon Svenninggaard, will design experiments in order to characterise and understand the governing parameters in the fracture process zone during a 3D delamination process under quasi-static and fatigue loading, regardless of material or crack front orientation and formulate models describing the process.

    Project period: 2015-2019 
    Project partners: Aalborg University, VIA University College and Girona University, Spain 
    Financing: The project is supported by Aalborg University, VIA University College and Insero Fonden.