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Bio-inspiring techniques for resilient infrastructures


Faculty of Engineering & Technology

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Dr Ana Armada Bras No more applications being accepted Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
Liverpool United Kingdom Civil Engineering Microbiology

About the Project

RC corrosion costs the UK £23b per year and is one of the major durability challenges leading to rust formation, cracking, spalling, delamination and degradation of structures (Mohammed et al. 2020). Considerable labour costs are incurred relating to repairs; in contrast, in nature damage can usually be self-healed and structures durability enhanced. It has been shown that bio-cemented media can increase durability to moisture cycles due to their impact on moisture buffering and capillary. Only a few studies have addressed the question of self-healing concrete durability. Design and build more efficiently with bio-inspiring solutions is a necessary commitment to increase structures resilience, reduce by half the CO2 emissions and minimise the performance gap that is found from a structural and energy perspective. By designing for minimum material rather than minimum cost, construction materials used in structures and buildings could be drastically reduced, leading to an equivalent reduction in “embodied” carbon emissions. Closing the performance gap between the design and the real in the built environment would facilitate dramatic reductions in operational and embodied energy use. This project builds on the preliminary research conducted by the Dr Ana Bras between 2013-2021 and is an ambitious programme of work to combine civil engineering, materials and microbiology research for sustainable bio-based construction technology, towards resilient and durable green infrastructures.

 The successful candidate will have a minimum UK Honours Degree at 2.1 or Master’s Degree in a relevant subject.


References

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