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Hosting Offer for MSCA-IF-2020 at Center for Technological Innovation in Construction & Civil Engineering (University of A Coruña, Spain)

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    31/05/2020 17:00 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Spain, A Coruña
    Universidade da Coruña
    CITEEC (Center for Technological Innovation in Construction and Civil Engineering)

  1. Research / Project Description

Long-span bridges are very flexible structures that are prone to undesirable wind effects, such as the buffeting response due to the turbulent nature of wind. The use of CFD methods is increasing sustainably in bridge engineering, although some limitations still exist. The accurate CFD simulation of the aerodynamic and aeroelastic responses of bridge decks under turbulent flow is one of these area where additional research efforts must be done.

The goal of this project is to conduct 3D LES simulations of long-span bridge decks aiming at characterizing their expected buffeting performance. Parameters of interest are span-wise correlation of aerodynamic forces, pressure coefficient distributions, aerodynamic admittance functions … etc. The PRFG method for synthetic turbulence generation must be adopted. It must be remarked the need for a rigorous validation of the computation results with experimental data available in the literature. The results may be further exploited in the frame of surrogate-based design methods in bridge engineering.

Successful candidates must demonstrate a background in some of the following fields: external aerodynamics CFD modeling at high Reynolds numbers, wind engineering in civil structures, long span bridges design, turbulent flow aerodynamics or wind tunnel testing.

The project will be developed at the University of La Coruna (SPAIN), with the supervision of Dr. Felix Nieto, including a 6 months secondment at the University of Bologna (Italy), under the supervision of Dr. Luca Patruno.


  1. Research area (as established in MSCA): Information Science and Engineering (ENG)


  1. Brief description of the Centre / Research Group:


The Structural Mechanics research group at the University of La Coruna is actively engaged in the following research topics: Wind Engineering, Structural Optimum Design and Aeronautical Structures.

In the field of Wind Engineering, the group has been working for more than 20 years in long-span bridges and other civil engineering structures. The research scope ranges from basic aerodynamics up to combined size and shape structural and aeroelastic optimization of bridge decks.

The approach adopted in wind engineering research is always multidisciplinary and the group has expertise both in wind tunnel testing and CFD modeling. The research group is responsible for an Aerodynamic Wind Tunnel and a Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel, both of them located at the CITEEC premises. Also, the group manages a HPC Cluster that is located at the Civil Engineering School premises.

The research group aims at conducting high impact research while offering a friendly and stimulating environment for young and experienced researchers from across the world. Additional information may be found in the group’s web site: http://gme.udc.es/en


  1. Applications (Documents to be submitted and deadline)


For the evaluation of candidates, please submit electronically to Dr. Felix Nieto (felix.nieto@udc.es, and CC to otri.cienciaexcelente@udc.es) before 15th June 2020.

  • Resume (CV) describing your academic achievements and your research expertise, focusing on those aspects relevant in the context of this project.
  • Letter of motivation.
  • Letter of Recommendation (optional).
  • If required, a personal interview with tentative candidates may be organized using a video conference application.


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