My father was a secondary school teacher at Presentation College Bray, in County Wicklow … so I have always had a soft spot for education … especially life-long education.
Education is the key to a far deeper and more enriched experience of life !
Very often these days … we receive Queries from Under-Graduate and Post-Graduate Students at Universities and Institutes of Technology … and not just in Ireland !
This was an interesting one recently …
My name is … and I am a Final Year Student in … , studying B.Eng Hons. Civil Engineering. For my dissertation, I am completing a study on Concrete Tunnel Linings in Fire. I was hoping to carry out a case study on the Dublin Port Tunnel for my Project. Have you any advice on the topic ? Any help would be appreciated.
My response … bearing in mind that it is the student, himself/herself, who must do the hard work …
A few things come to mind right now …
There is a lot of information out there about the Real Fire Performance of Concrete Tunnel Lining(s). You have to access as much of that information as practicable … in detail ! Pay very close attention to that information.
Next … please check out this Page on our Corporate WebSite … http://www.sustainable-design.ie/fire/structdesfire.htm … in order to approach the subject from the viewpoint of Concrete Spalling being a Fire Serviceability Limit State.
Don’t waste your time looking at fire protection products which are applied to the surface of the concrete … this avoids the substantive (fire engineering) issues involved here.
And … what about the Effective Repair of Fire-Damaged Concrete Tunnel Lining(s) ?
Some Innovative (Fire Engineering) Design Recommendations would be a nice result from your work !
Good luck with the dissertation.
Would anybody else have some suggestions ?