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Design of very slender high strength steel structures

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, April 30, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The appearance of high strength steel allows the design of steel structures with unprecedented slenderness, and the traditional design guidelines for conventional steel types are no longer suitable for these high strength steel structures. The aim of the current project is to develop innovative design methods for very slender metallic structures, which has not been well considered in previous literature. The outcome of the project will not only contribute to the upgradation of the current civil engineering design practice but also be transferable to other disciplines - i.e. mechanical engineering, aeronautical and space engineering, etc.

The work will be carried out both experimentally and numerically, providing a great chance for applicants to gain essential professional skills including laboratory experience, finite element modelling, programming and project management. Collaborations with researchers from prestigious institutions (Imperial College London, University of Bristol and Tsinghua University) are also planned, aiming at preparing the applicant a leadership role in the field.

The experimental programme covers a wide range of exciting structural loading tests at material, cross-section and member levels. Computational programming employing ABAQUS, ANSYS, Python and Matlab will be used in the pre- and post-analyses of the test data.

Successful applicants will ideally have graduated (or be due to graduate) with an undergraduate Masters first class degree and/or MSc distinction (or overseas equivalent). Any English language requirements must be met at the deadline for applications.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Jie Wang ()

Formal applications should be made via the University of Bath’s online application form for a PhD in Architecture & Civil Engineering. Please ensure that you state the full project title and lead supervisor name on the application form.

More information about applying for a PhD at Bath may be found here:

Anticipated start date: 30 September 2019

Funding Notes

This project is eligible for inclusion in funding rounds scheduled for end of February 2019, March 2019 and April 2019. A full application must have been submitted before inclusion in a funding round.

Funding will cover Home/EU tuition fees, a maintenance stipend (£14,777 pa (2018/19 rate)) and a training support fee of £1,000 per annum for 3.5 years. Early application is strongly recommended.

How good is research at University of Bath in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 28.38

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