Dan-Adrian Corfar is a Postgraduate Researcher (PGR) at University of Leeds, UK. He is currently in the first year of his PhD in Civil Engineering under the supervision of Dr Tsavdaridis, while also being part of the KDT and Materials and Structures research groups. His main research interest focuses on the development of smart inter-modular connections for hot-rolled steel modular building systems (MBSs). Driven by the ongoing Climate Emergency, he is investigating various connection prototypes in the pursuit of devising structurally resilient and easy-to-assembly/disassembly module-to-module joints, taking modular construction one step further towards a circular economy-oriented industry by enabling to adopt design-for-reuse (DfR) principles in multi-storey modular buildings.
In 2019, he completed his Civil Engineering BSc at the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (Romania). One year later in 2020, he earned his MSc in Structural Engineering at University of Leeds. Being a student member of the IStructE, he was awarded The Institution of Structural Engineers ‘Andrew Beeby’ Prize for achieving the highest overall mark in his cohort. For his MSc thesis, he focused on inter-modular connections for modular buildings, as he developed a novel fastener-free joint with inter-locking components while using topology optimization (TO) to explore the best shapes for the main part of the connection. Based on the excellent results obtained during his MSc studies, he applied for a PhD at University of Leeds, being offered a School of Civil Engineering full-time EPSRC CASE Studentship. Both his MSc thesis and his ongoing PhD are part of the ‘3DMBC (3D Modular Building Connections)’ research project funded by the ‘Leverhulme Trust’ and led by Dr Tsavdaridis.