Multi-objective societal optimization of structural fire safety investments for unique building projects using advanced regression techniques Ghent University
An applied risk-based methodology is developed for defining the societally optimum level of investment in structural fire safety for unique building projects. Special emphasis is placed on the definition of tolerability limits and the simultaneous consideration of multiple fire safety objectives.
Advanced regression techniques are applied to couple structural fire performance calculations with fire spread and cost evaluations.
Development of a CFD tool and associated experimental validation techniques for fluid mud bottoms disturbed by moving objects Ghent University
In navigation areas with bottoms covered by a thick fluid mud layer, deep-drafted ships may be
allowed to sail at a limited vertical distance above the mud-water separation , and sometimes ships
even sail through the mud. This causes a very intense interaction between the water column, the
mud layer and the ship. The purpose of this project is to develop a numerical methodology to
calculate the interaction between water, ...
In navigation areas with bottoms covered by a thick fluid mud layer, deep-drafted ships may be allowed to sail at a limited vertical distance above the mud-water separation , and sometimes ships even sail through the mud. This causes a very intense interaction between the water column, the mud layer and the ship. The purpose of this project is to develop a numerical methodology to calculate the interaction between water, mud and a moving ...
Numerical modelling of moored floating structures and energy devices using a non-linear approach Ghent University
Moored floating structures are connected to the seabed through mooring line systems composed of cables or chains, and have wide applications in coastal and offshore engineering. Moored floating offshore wind turbines and Wave Energy Converters (WECs) are examples of such stuctures from the field of Marine Renewable Energy (MRE). Mooring systems can represent a considerable part of the total cost of these technologies and they influence their ...
Performance-based analysis and design for enhancing the safety of prestressed concrete hollowcore slabs in case of fire and unforeseen events Ghent University
The safety of prefabricated concrete floor systems built up using prestressed hollow core slabs is investigated quantitatively. Innovative models are developed to quantify membrane actions that can develop in such floor systems. The resistance against fire and unforeseen events is quantified using FE analyses, derived analytical formulas and structural reliability calculations. A decision making tool is developed enabling structural ...
Global climate change hotspots in terms of multi-risk assessment of hydro-climatic hazards KU Leuven
The natural hazards can have devastating consequences on the society in terms of human health and mortality and also on the ecosystem and the economy. In the last decade, five billion people have been affected by natural disasters resulting in approximately $1 trillion of economic losses around the world. The hydro-climatic natural hazards are becoming more dangerous as a result of climate change and as population and infrastructure continue ...
The impact of large dams on the climate: A global climate modelling study. Vrije Universiteit Brussel
In developing countries faecal sludge from onsite sanitation technologies, latrines and septic tanks, is mainly treated using sand bed drying which produces concentrated cake and unstable infiltrate. This project aims to integrate co-composting and constructed wetland with sand bed drying for sustainable waste treatment in developing countries in a view of resource recovery.
Development of mathematical pilot models for fast-time ship manoeuvring simulation and traffic planning for harbour approach channels Ghent University
Ship manoeuvring simulation is widely applied when designing new navigation areas and for assessing channel safety. The research project uses intelligent control algorithms to develop a novel mathematical pilot model for fast-time manoeuvring simulations in complex situations and for shipping traffic planning. The results will be applied to selected cases in Flemish harbours and channels and in Chinese navigation areas.