PhD (via MPhil) Studentship on Fire Safety at University of Central Lancashire

Link for application:

Applications are invited for a PhD (via MPhil) studentship within the School of Engineering, based at the Preston (UK) Campus. The studentship is tenable for up to 3.5 years full-time (subject to satisfactory progress). The studentship will provide an annual stipend of £17,668 for 3.5 years. Both UK/Home and EU/International Applicants may apply but Tuition Fees will only be covered at the UK/Home rate for up to 3.5 years. EU/International Applicants would be expected to pay the difference between the UK/Home fee rate and EU/International fee rate. Other Allowances include up to £5,000 per annum bench fees.

It is expected the successful applicant will commence March 2023.

Project Title: Utilisation of digital tools to enhance fire safety of occupants in high-rise residential buildings (HRRBs) during evacuation

Project Description:

In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy and given the increase of number of fire incidents in HRRBs around the world, e.g., Kaohsiung building in Taiwan (2021), Torre Dei Moro in Italy (2021), Madrid Tower Block in Spain (2020); fire safety of HRRBs is becoming increasingly important. Though there is an increased development of digital technologies, their application is not yet well established in fire research and evacuation. Proposed research aims to bridge this gap by providing a framework of good practices and recommendations to optimise efficiency of evacuation practices in HRRB using Building Information Modelling (BIM).

The key objectives of the proposed research will be to:

  1. Develop and validate numerical methodologies to assess effectiveness of evacuation strategies in HRRB
  2. Correlate factors influencing evacuation strategies in HRRB
  3. Develop good practices to drive forward improvements in HRRB fire safety

To achieve the above, numerous egress models, namely FDS+Evac, Pathfinder, Evacuationz and STEPS, will be used to assess their effectiveness, limitations, and practicalities. The PhD project will complement existing research conducted by the supervisory team e.g., ongoing SAFE (Strategies Aiming at Effective Fire Evacuation in HRRB) project funded by the Home Office. Experimental data from the physical testing of the SAFE project will be used to validate the developed numerical methodologies. The envisaged integration of evacuation modelling of HRRB in BIM will promote fire safety.

Further information

Informal project related enquiries about the post can be made to Dr. Eleni Asimakopoulou at [email protected]

For the application form and full details go to:

Completed application forms should be returned to the Research Admissions email [email protected] quoting the studentship reference number DTC35

Proposed interview date: 16th January 2023

Current uclan research students will not be eligible to apply for this research studentship