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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2017-09-01 - 2020-08-31

Thermoset polymers play an increasingly important role in structural engineering. Compared to classical aerospace or automotive applications the polymers typically do not reach a fully cured state during construction. The material will consequently undergo post-curing during it’s lifetime, changing significantly it’s material characteristics. Currently, the scientific community is lacking modeling concepts for the temperature and curing level dependent mechanical response of set-cast polymers, in particular with regard to visco-elasticity. Due to aging, these materials defy all known concepts for accelerated testing. Hence, the performance prediction for structural life-times of 50 years or longer remains an unsolved challenge. In this proposal an interdisciplinary approach combining experiments and simulations on multiple length and time scales aims at delivering a physically based and thus truly predictive multi-physics multi-scale model for structural applications. The model’s quality will be established by three typical and independent case studies, one classical problem from aerospace and two representative cases in structural engineering.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2017-11-01 - 2019-06-30

The early warning system based on the former project INDYCO for floods will help to improve the catastrophic management for non-profit organisations. The topic is to develop a demonstrator to optimize catastrophic managment for alpine natural hazards. The holistic system will 1. improve and simplify transfer of knowledge 2. widen the scope of early warning systems and deliver necessary informations for different management levels.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2018-05-01 - 2022-04-30

HERCULES brings together a multidisciplinary team to develop further our understanding of geohazards making infrastructure more resilient under changing climates. The programme will undertake fundamental research to assess and predict risks due to geohazards ultimately helping inform end-user delivery. The proposed study will employ a range of novel research approaches across multiple scales, from the macro-scale, e.g. by integrating Earth Observation techniques, through the meso-scale, e.g. by running experiments in the laboratory, to the micro-scale e.g. by investigating the ground behaviour at the scale of soil particles experimentally using tomography and develop numerical techniques as the Discrete Element Method.

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