PhD scholarship: Developing new and innovative residential footing systems
The growth of new houses in Australia is rising rapidly. The performance of footing systems for residential structures has been a topic of great interest in recent times with questionable performance in reactive soil environments. Current footing systems are labour intensive, time consuming, high cost and have not provided a performance misaligned with home owners’ expectations. Despite widespread damage being experienced in many modern residential areas, little has changed in footing design over the past 30 years.
The aim of this project is to develop innovative footing systems for residential structures to develop a viable alternative to existing footing systems currently available in the market. Activities to be undertaken include a robust review of existing footing systems, computer modelling, laboratory testing and site investigation of footing systems. The successful candidate will be working closely with a leading steel distribution company throughout their candidate and will be a part of the growing team at the ARC Centre.
For additional information download the project summary.