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Design of very slender high strength steel structures

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  • Full or part time
    Dr Jie Wang
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  • Awaiting Funding Decision/Possible External Funding
    Awaiting Funding Decision/Possible External Funding

Project Description

The BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials (, in the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering, is seeking eligible applicants for an PhD studentship expected to start 30th September 2019. This project is one of a number that are in competition for funding.

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. The experimental programme covers a wide range of 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 and in generation of numerical results with a wider range of material and geometric properties.

For further information and informal enquiries, please contact the proposed supervisors as listed or Prof. Pete Walker (Tel: +44 (0)1225 386646; email: [Email Address Removed]).

Candidates should have a first class honours degree in engineering or a closely related applied science discipline or equivalent qualifications and/or relevant experience. English language requirements must be satisfied at point of application.

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.

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Anticipated start date: 30 September 2019 but applications for 20 January 2020 will also be considered.

Funding Notes

The ‘Michael Dickson’ studentship, subject to confirmation of funding, is expected to be fully funded by the BRE Trust and will cover tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and maintenance in line with the UKRI Doctoral stipend rate (£15,009 per annum, 2019/20 rate) for 3.5 years full-time study. The studentship is also expected to include an allowance for travel and subsistence as well as some funds for project expenditure to acquire essential materials and minor equipment.

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