This research plan is developed around 7 main tasks and spans in a 36 months period:
T1 – Curricular units of the PhD program in Earth Resources: The Candidate will be faced to a set of disciplines consolidating the knowledge in key aspects of this PhD.;
T2 – Systematic literature review on: (a) experimental approaches regarding both laboratory-scale and onsite fire effects monitoring methods; (b) numerical approaches for analysis of stone fire effects; (c) material and techniques applied to control and mitigate fire decay processes: (d) main Portuguese geological units and their use in geotechnical, mining and built fields; (e) survey of the main fires in the last decades in Portugal. The information gathered will be important for design the experimental campaign (Task 4) and for the development of accurate numerical models (Task 5) (3 months);
T3 – Sampling of stone materials in outcrops/quarries and, if possible, in real case fire occurrences. Sampling will be made also according to the geological distribution through Portugal;
T4 –Development of laboratorial tests to characterize the main minero-chemical, physical and mechanical properties, including seismic tomography, of natural, weathered and fired samples, both on recent and aged specimens obtained on T3. (12 months);
T5 – Simulations of stone vulnerability to fire on different scenarios, using a Multiphysics software; (6 months);
T6 – Development of a preliminary stone fire risk map in Portugal (6 months);
T7 – Dissemination (through journal papers at international ISI publication, conference proceedings) and Thesis writing.
The development of this working plan will lead to the understand of the consequence of fire on rocks which is vital to evaluate and mitigate potential environmental, safety and economical hazards due to climate change and industrial activities.