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Development and optimisation of novel pultruded Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) cellular–concrete hybrid beam

Centre for Research in the Built and Natural Environment

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Prof E Ganjian No more applications being accepted Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

This project aims to investigate the structural performance/behaviour of new pultruded FRP cellular ‘PolyCell’ – concrete hybrid beams. The study will focus on developing a shear connection using pultruded FRP cellular beam profiles with lightweight concrete.

1) Material characterisation of the pultruded FRP profiles to determine their elastic constants for analytical studies.
2) Determination of optimum dowel size, spacing, bonded length and their influence on slip and shear resistance through a series of push-out testing campaign.
3) The outcome of objective (2) will facilitate the design, development and fabrication of prototype FRP ‘PolyCell’ hybrid beams for testing under four-point static loading configuration, recording failure mechanisms, load-deflection responses and stiffnesses. Before this, the proposition and development of theoretical design models based on Eurocode specifications, as well as validating finite element modelling methodology, will be undertaken.
4) Following modelling validation, develop and advance the models to determine the influence of parametric variation studies including the influence of material properties, (concrete and FRP profile), size effects of the hybrid system, cross-section dimensions, dowel configuration and characteristics.
Develop design guidelines and closed-form equations, compatible with existing and allied standards such as in the Eurocode to assist engineers in designing such systems.

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For the academic year 2018/19, English-resident UK and EU students, or EU students moving to England for a PhD, who are not in receipt of Research Council funding or other direct government funding can apply to borrow up to £25,000 to help cover the cost of their PhD tuition fees. Further details can be found here.

Training and Development
The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.
All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

Entry criteria for applicants to PHD
• A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average.
the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years
• a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)
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• knowledge and/or experience in the subject
• Candidates must have some experience in experimental work and of working in a laboratory. It is desirable that candidates can evidence their commitment to research in the form of publications of some kind (for example journal or conference papers).
• Candidates should have some knowledge of statistics and data analysis. In order to contextualise the research.

To find out more about the project please contact Prof. Essie Ganjian ([Email Address Removed])
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All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.

• UK/EU/International graduates with the required entry requirements

• No funding applicable

This opportunity is available to commence at any of the CU start dates (May 2020, September 2020 or January 2021 subject to agreement)
Full-Time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

This opportunity will open remain open until a suitable candidate is identified- early application is therefore advised
To be confirmed after application received

Prof. Essie Ganjian [Email Address Removed]

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