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Design and characterisation of ultra-high strength lightweight precast panels and slabs

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Project Description

Application details:
Reference number: ABCE20/SC/Spec
Start date of studentship: 1 October 2020
Closing date of advert: 31 May 2020
Interview date: tbc

Primary supervisor: Prof. Sergio Cavalaro
Secondary supervisor: Dr Ana Blanco

This PhD relates to the research from the ‘Transforming Construction Challenge’, which aims to develop new technologies to modernise the construction industry. This studentship is the result of a collaboration with Specwall, a company that focuses on the production of lightweight panels for buildings and houses.

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.
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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 latest Research Excellence Framework, the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering 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.

Full Project Detail:

The aim of the project is to understand the mechanical behaviour of ultra-high strength lightweight precast elements and devise recommendations for their design in compression and in bending. The new knowledge will be achieved through numerical and experimental studies with small- and large-scale elements, potentially leading to a pilot application in a real building. This is an opportunity to contribute to the development of this new solution that can change the way buildings are designed and constructed.

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject, a background in structural or civil engineering 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: Sergio Cavalaro
Email address: [Email Address Removed]
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 223853

For information about the application process, please contact:

Name: Mr Berkeley Young
Email address: [Email Address Removed]
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 222611

How to apply:

Applications should be made online at and must include an outline research proposal. Under programme name, please select Civil and Building Engineering.

Please quote reference number: ABCE20/SC/Spec

Funding Notes

The three-year studentship will start by October 2020. It provides a tax-free stipend of £15,285 a year (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. International students may apply for this position; funding will cover tuition fees at the international rate in full, but the student will be responsible for their own living costs (estimated at £15,000 per year).

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