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Dr Lucherini’s HE MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship

Oct 1, 2022

On the 1st of October 2022, Dr Andrea Lucherini, FRISSBE senior researcher, commenced his postdoctoral fellowship entitled FIReSafeTimber, “Fundamental advances for the fire safety of tall timber structures including the fire decay phase”. The project was granted within the Horizon Europe Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) – Postdoctoral Fellowship 2021 (grant agreement ID: 101064840).

The MSCA postdoctoral fellowship is led by Dr Andrea Lucherini, supervised by Prof Bart Merci. The project is coordinated by Ghent University (Belgium) in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh (UK), ETH Zurich (Switzerland), and Stora Enso.

FIReSafeTimber investigates key challenges related to the fire safety of tall timber buildings, a sustainable solution for future densely populated cities. The project studies the fire dynamics inside timber compartments and the resulting deterioration of the timber mechanical properties. Advanced computational models to simulate the thermal exposure to structural elements for various fire dynamics conditions, and fire experiments on loaded timber structural elements at various scales are combined to develop performance-based methodologies for the fire-safe design of timber structural systems.

Dr Andrea Lucherini will continue working as senior researcher at the Department for Research of Fire-Safe Sustainable Built Environment (FRISSBE) at the Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute (ZAG) on a part-time basis while completing the FIReSafeTimber project.