The aim of the project is to work towards the elimination of adhesives and steel in engineered wood products by developing an alternative which incorporates both traditional techniques and advanced timber research.
The issue of waste management continues to be a global concern, there is an increasing need to recycle composite materials and reuse these materials in other applications, fuelled by global demand for clean, non-toxic alternative building supplies and methods. Increasing recycling remains a key priority of the European Union. Annually, 400,000 tonnes of carpet waste is sent for disposal to UK landfill sites; this is due to the difficulty associated with processing the waste into a viable alternative commodity. The disposal of carpets in landfill sites is becoming increasingly impractical due to rising landfill costs and reduced availability, both reflecting the environmental concerns surrounding landfill disposal.
It has taken me about six months to write about the most nerve-racking experience of my academic life so far – My PhD VIVA. Shortly after completing my undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Liverpool, I started my PhD in October 2013 at Lancaster University. The title of my PhD thesis was Development and Characterisation of Novel Structural Composites from Recycled Materials.
In December 2016, I successfully defended my PhD thesis and passed my VIVA with minor corrections (which is common), which marked the end of the most challenging period of my academic life. As a result of this, I will like to share the steps that I took to prepare for my VIVA and some hints and tips which may be beneficial to PhD students getting set for their VIVA.