Date Posted
16 May 2024

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PhD Project
Université Laval

Development of light prefabricated composite structures for high-rise buildings

16 May 2024

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Position Description

This project aims to develop a new prefabricated wood / concrete floor system that can push range limits in multi-storey wood buildings.
The multidisciplinary methodology includes finite element analysis technique by the “DDuctileTCS” software developed at CIRCERB, shear tests on connections, composite beam bending tests, extension of the technical standards for the design of composite structures.
The sub-objectives are as follows:
(i) develop an optimized solution for long-span wood / concrete composite structures;
(ii) develop a ductile and mechanically efficient prefabricated connection with an “in situ” UHPF casting technique;
(iii) develop a design method;
(iv) optimize the stages of a fast-track construction;
(v) verify the behaviour of the connection and prototype structure in the laboratory.

The thesis will be conducted in collaboration with Prof. Paul Gauvreau of U. of Toronto and Pr. P. Blanchet as part of CIRCERB Canada Industrial Research Chair (

Profile of the candidate
Holds a master’s degree (or equivalent) in civil engineering, wood engineering or other related fields.
Good knowledge of French and/or English, advanced knowledge of structural design, programming skills, optimization and life cycle analysis, knowledge of the finite element method.

How to Apply

Send a complete application to Pr. Sorelli : including: • covering letter • a detailed CV • transcripts (Bachelors and Masters) • two letters of reference • copy of Masters thesis • publications (if applicable)

Position Category: Engineering. Position Type: PhD Project. Position Tags: civil engineering, structures, and composite. Salary: €20'000 - €30'000.