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Advanced algorithms for 3D electrical tomography imaging of concrete


   Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

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  Dr G Torelli, Dr D Smyl  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Repair and maintenance of existing concrete structures has become an urgent and critical problem in recent years. In the UK alone, about £50 billion/year is spent to preserve aging structures. In this context, reliable non-destructive monitoring techniques are urgently needed to inform repair and maintenance strategies. At present, however, many non-destructive techniques offer limited insight into the internal condition (internal damage) of concrete structures.

This project aims to determine the feasibility of “looking inside” large concrete elements using 3D electrical tomography. To achieve this, computational algorithms will be developed that will set the most favourable conditions for successful imaging of damage in large concrete elements. The project will build on recent advancements in artificial intelligence and computational inverse problems.

Eligibility requirements:

An upper second-class honours degree, or a combination of qualifications and/or experience equivalent to that level. The successful candidates for this position must hold a relevant undergraduate or MSc degree (relevant degrees include, but are not limited to, Civil/Structural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science).

Desirable Skills:

- Strong mathematics, physics, and computer programming skills.

- Background in a relevant science or engineering subject, such as Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science or Material Science.

- Experience of materials and/or mechanical testing and/or numerical modelling.

Start Date:

The successful candidate will start as soon as possible and by October 2022.

Duration: 3.5 years

Hours: Full time

Funding: The Scholarship provides funding for 3.5 years.

Application Guidance here: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/civil/phd/apply-now

Deadline:

The position will be open until filled (i.e., will be closed when a suitable candidate is selected)

The PhD will be supervised by Dr Giacomo Torelli and Dr Danny Smyl and developed in collaboration with the University of South Alabama.

For informal enquiries please get in touch with Dr Giacomo Torelli ([Email Address Removed]).


Funding Notes

Funding notes:
- This fully funded scholarship is available for both home and international students, for 3.5 years. This includes:
- UK or International tuition fees.
- Maintenance stipend: starting from ~£15,500 per annum with annual increases.
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