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Post-doctoral position: Domain decomposition modelling of chloride ingress mechanisms on reinforced concrete structures CDD


Emilio Bastidas

44322 Nantes



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Reinforced concrete (RC) is a material widely used in the construction of civil engineering facilities
because of its high durability. However, there are some environmental actions that can affect
considerably their performance, serviceability and safety. This study will focus on the behavior of
offshore RC structures subjected to chloride ingress. RC for these applications will be placed in a severe
environment characterised by complex mechanical actions (cyclic loading) and mechanisms of
degradation (corrosion, fatigue, bio colonisation, etc.), which significantly affect their durability and
increases reinforcement corrosion initiation risks [1]. The corrosion can affect the service capacity and
safety of RC resulting in significant inspection, repair and loss of production costs [2].
In this context, a comprehensive lifetime assessment of corrosion initiation risks will be crucial to
optimise the durability performance of RC under these conditions. Under offshore conditions, the RC
components will be subjected to complex cyclic mechanical loading generating multiaxial stresses of
varying amplitude and with various stress ratios. These stresses will be characterised by very high load
frequencies [3,4] and produce concrete cracking. In parallel, chloride ingress from the surrounding
environment leads to corrosion initiation when a significant amount of chlorides reaches the
reinforcing bars or tendons [5–8]. Chloride ingress could be accelerated in a cracked concrete [9] and
therefore produce premature corrosion initiation. Corrosion will generate a significant reduction of
structural lifetime, increase maintenance costs and compromise structural serviceability and safety
The main objective of this study will be to use the domain decomposition technique to model chloride
ingress in sound and cracked reinforced concrete structures subjected simultaneously to several
exposure zones. The first part of this work will focus on a literature review and modelling of chloride
ingress mechanisms in sound concrete. A two dimensional numerical model [11] developed in
FreeFEM is available for this task. The coupling of this model with the domain decomposition
algorithm available on FreeFEM will be the main objective second part of the study. Finally, the study
will include the effects of concrete cracking on the chloride ingress process by considering that
concrete cracking will affect the concrete diffusivity.
The main outcomes of the study will be disseminated throughout publications in journal papers and
communications in scientific conferences. This work will be carried out in the framework of the project
BUENO (Reinforced concrete for floating wind turbines) funded by the Pays de la Loire Regional
Council at the Research Institute in Civil and Mechanical Engineering, University of Nantes, France.

Candidate profile
- The PhD could be carried out in different areas (e.g., Civil or Mechanical engineering). However,
good knowledge and experience in numerical modelling of deterioration processes will be much
- Good knowledge of domain decomposition method
- Good skills in Matlab® programming and good knowledge in finite element modeling with
FreeFEM will also be necessary.

- Good communication skills are also required to publish the research results in international
congresses and journals.
- Although the candidate should carry out the research in a self-sufficient way, he/she should be
able of working in collaboration with other members of the team.
Practical information
- Duration: 8 months (starting in February-March 2020)
- Income: ~ 2650 € gross / month
The list of following documents (in English or French) should be sent to
before February 15th 2020) :
- Cover letter.
- Detailed Curriculum Vitae, including list of publications and professional references.
- Copy of PhD diploma, including the report of the defense and the report from referees.
- Short description of his/her professional plans after this post-doctoral position.
- Recommendation letters
Associate Professor, HDR
Phone: +33 (0) 2 51 12 55 24
Dr. Mathilde CHEVREUIL
Associate Professor
Phone: +33 (0) 2 51 12 55 54


  • Corrosion
  • Durabilité