ARC Linkage for Gianluca
29 May 2009
Gianluca Ranzi has secured funding through the ARC Linkage scheme to research "Behaviour of post-tensioned composite steel-concrete slabs" in collaboration with Stramit Building Products and Arup.
The ARC (Australian Research Council) has awarded a research team head by Gianluca Ranzi $300000 over the next 3 years to study the Behabiour of post-tensioned composite steel-concrete slabs.
Gianluca will team with Prof Brian Uy from UWS and industry partners from Stramit Building Partners and Arup.
This ARC Linkage project will fund 2 APAI scholarships for postgraduate students.
Post-tensioned composite steel-concrete slabs represent an attractive and novel form of construction capable of combining the advantages of the two most commonly used flooring systems in the Australian building industry which consist of post-tensioned slabs in the case of concrete structures and of composite slabs for steel structures. The advantages of this novel system cannot be exploited as yet as no design guidelines are currently available. The proposed research team embraces all the construction building industry and will investigate the structural behaviour of post-tensioned composite slabs, producing valuable design guidance to keep Australian research and practice at the forefront internationally.