Mechanical and Structural Characterisation of Rammed Earth
PhD position University of Western Australia
The significance of this project lies in recognition of the economic, environmental and social benefits of rammed earth as a construction material in Australian remotecommunities, and addresses the lack of a proper Australian Standards code supporting its wide-spread use. Qualitative and quantitative characterisation of the material and structuralproperties of rammed earth will be done through a comprehensive program of laboratoryand industry-supported on-site experimental tests. The project will result in a first ever “Proposal Form for Standards Development” for rammed earth structures, to be submittedto Standards Australia. The findings will significantly improve cost effectiveness and safetyof rammed earth structures in Australia.
This should prove to be an excellent PhD, supervised by Dr Daniela Ciancio and and Dr Andy Fourie at UWA and Dr Charles Augarde at Durham University.
For more information see PhD position announcement