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Doctoral Programme in Civil Engineering

The Doctoral candidates (DCs) are embedded in a multinational and open-minded research and training environment.

The DCs are hosted by the Institute of Civil and Environmental Engineering (INCEEN) at the Research Unit in Engineering Sciences (RUES), which is composed of professors and researchers of various engineering disciplines, creating a vivid resource of complementary competences.

Valorisation of Academic Research

The Doctoral Programme serves as framework for joining competences around future civil engineering.

The DP aims at systematically involving external academic and scientific advisors from industry and public administration.
As scientific and professional exchange is seen as crucial in order to tackle the research objectives of this doctoral training unit, research collaborations are materialised in study visits/dedicated industrial training and the participation of co-operating professors/advisors in the supervision team.

Equipment

The research environment of the DCs offers all necessary equipment allowing independent experimental studies which will then be scaled up by adequate research methodology using appropriate (and existing) software tools.

The DCs have the privilege of being installed in the new Halle des Essais in Belval, a state of the art laboratory equipped modern research area with e.g. a large testing span for stress tests with hydraulic presses (10kN to 1MN), force and deformation measurement equipment, a concrete lab, climate chambers etc. In addition the DC can have privileged access to specialised equipment via partner institutions (industry and academia).

Dedicated computation resources are available for numerical analysis of data and simulation tasks via a shared memory compute server with 120 CPU cores and 3TB of RAM to that members of RUES can have priority access. The computing capabilities are embedded in the university's HPC infrastructure and allows analysis of huge amounts of data (as they appear with complex BIM models) and also high-resolution simulations in
engineering (ageing and damage of building materials, thermo-mechanics/fluid dynamics, full scale structural analysis, process engineering). For even larger requirements in computational power and storage requirements, the HPC facilities of the university are available to the DCs. Licenses for standard commercial software are made available by RUES or the supervisor's laboratory.