Ongoing doctoral projects
Simulation of the movement of fresh self-compacting concrete
Annika Gram, Structures, has been doing a doctoral project at The Royal Institute of Technology since 2006 that is financed by Formas-BIC and the Swedish Consortium for Financing Basic Research in the Concrete Field. Head supervisor is Johan Silfwerbrand and assistant supervisor is Ali Farhang. The purpose of the project is to develop a computer program with which the movement of fresh concrete can be simulated. The project includes literature studies, laboratory experiments in the form of standardised tests with paste and concrete, video filming, numerical modelling and computer simulation and experiments at concrete factories and comparison simulation. Annika presented a licentiate thesis in May 2009 and is currently continuing to doctor’s degree with another numerical simulation project.
Self-compacting concrete for improved production technology
Richard McCarthy, Dissemination of Knowledge, has been doing a doctoral project at The Royal Institute of Technology since 2006 that is financed by the Swedish Road Administration. Head supervisor is Johan Silfwerbrand and assistant supervisor is Peter Billberg. The purpose of the project is to investigate, analyse andfurther develop the technology for the use of self-compacting concrete (SCC) within civil engineering structures. The project includes literature studies, comparisons between applicable international dimensioning methods for vertical forms, on site visits to identify today’s problems and detailed solutions, monitoring of innovations within production technology and development of a proposal for new formwork design for SCC. Richard intends to present a licentiate thesis during 2013.