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Advanced thermo-mechanical blast response of reinforced concrete structures

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, January 12, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

Project Description

Application details:

Reference number: ABCE20/AWE1
Start date of studentship: 1 October 2020
Closing date of advert: 12 January 2020
Interview date: tbc

This exciting project will focus on the thermo-mechanical response of reinforced concrete (RC) frame elements when subject to high strain rate explosive loading at variable angles of incidence. The studentship offers a unique and privileged opportunity to investigate an area of considerable scientific interest and great industry value.

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

Find out more: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/supporting-you/research/

The School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering aims to be the world’s leading integrated centre for built environment research and education, attending to the entire lifecycle of both buildings and infrastructure through our research, teaching and enterprise programmes.

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, the School was ranked first for research environment in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning, with 95% of research rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ for its influence on society, the economy and policy. The School boasts world class facilities, with £1.4m recently invested in its 3,000m2 laboratory and one of the fastest High-Performance Computer clusters in the UK.

Find out more: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/abce/research/

Full Project Detail:

This exciting project will focus on the thermo-mechanical response of reinforced concrete (RC) frame elements when subject to high strain rate explosive loading at variable angles of incidence. The industry sponsored research will importantly extend the limited body of knowledge to account for reduced structural strength due to thermal gradients, buckling instabilities and coupled high-energy blast wave loading. Resistance curves will be developed for future use in design and assessment of structures subject to these complex explosive events. This studentship offers a unique and privileged opportunity to investigate an area of considerable scientific interest and great industry value.

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject: civil engineering, mechanical engineering, applied physics or mathematics is particularly welcomed. A relevant master’s degree and/or employment experience will be an advantage.

Contact details:

For information about the project, please contact:

Name: Dr Simon Clubley
Email address:
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 222 909

For information about the application process, please contact:

Name: Mr Berkeley Young
Email address:
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 222 611

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/apply/research/ and must include a research proposal. Under programme name, please select Civil and Building Engineering.

Please quote reference number: ABCE20/AWE1

Funding Notes

The three-year studentship is intended to start by October 2020. It provides a tax-free stipend of £15,009 a year (2019/20 rates – stipend will rise in line with the level set by the Research Council) for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. Due to sponsor funding restrictions, this studentship is only open to UK applicants.

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