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Development of an experimentally validated theoretical model of ionic and moisture transport in cement matrices.

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  • Full or part time
    Dr M S Imbabi
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Reinforced concrete is widely used in the construction of structures that span virtually all structural types and sizes and scales. Examples range from floor slabs in residential apartment blocks to large span bridge systems. The popularity of reinforced concrete is attributed to its relative low cost, widespread availability, performance and durability over long periods of time, at different levels of exposure in different environments.

The present project aims to enhance and extend the life of high value reinforced concrete structures by first understanding the effect of micro-pore structure and morphology on strength, moisture and ion transport, then eventually manipulating and controlling there effects. As part of the work the researcher will develop new ways of accurately measuring and tracking moisture and ionic transport in cement matrices using the newly acquired XRF Analyser and other 6C-LAB facilities, as well as the plethora of existing analytical tools in the Department of Chemistry.

A balanced approach to the use of theoretical, computational and experimental techniques is an essential feature of the project.

The successful candidate should have, or expect to have an Honours Degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in Civil or Structural Engineering, Cement and Concrete Chemistry, Material Science. with knowledge of Computer programming for scientific applications; laboratory and field-based experimental methods in engineering; engineering dynamics and applied mathematics.

Funding Notes

There is no funding attached to this project it is for self-funded students only.


Application Process:

Formal applications can be completed online: You should apply for PhD in Engineering, to ensure that your application is passed to the correct College for processing. Please ensure that you quote the project title and supervisor on the application form.

Informal inquiries can be made to Dr M Imbabi, ([email protected]) with a copy of your curriculum vitae and cover letter. All general enquiries should be directed to the Graduate School Admissions Unit ([email protected]).

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