About the Project
Academic Supervisors: Dr Giacomo Torelli, Professor John Provis
Industrial Supervisor: Dr Jefri Draup - EDF Energy R&D UK Centre Research Engineer
In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in the modelling of the mechanical behaviour of concrete
subjected to high temperatures. This is due to the necessity of assessing both the structural integrity and fire
resistance of concrete structures such as nuclear pressure vessels, containers for chemicals, water towers or
reservoirs, silos, and building structures in fire (particularly travelling fire) conditions.
Concrete is a heterogeneous multiphase material composed of aggregates that are held together by the cement
paste. When concretes are exposed to high temperatures, several physical and chemical phenomena occur at a
micro scale. These include, for example, drying and cracking of the cement paste and deterioration of the cement
paste-aggregate bond that drive a fascinating multi-physics behaviour of the materials.
This project will elucidate the influence of material and loading conditions on the material behaviour at high
temperatures by developing advanced experimental methods using Sheffield’s world-leading experimental facilities.
This will contribute to developing an understanding of the mechanisms of deformation and damage at high
- Background in a relevant science or engineering subject, such as Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear
Engineering, Civil Engineering or Materials Science.
- Experience of materials and/or mechanical testing
- Strong mathematics, physics, and computer programming skills.
A fully sponsored PhD studentship is available at the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering of the University
of Sheffield, UK. This PhD project is a joint research work between the University of Sheffield and EDF Energy. The
student will also have the opportunity to undertake placements within the research hub EDF R&D UK Centre.
Any informal enquiries about project should be asked through this portal or emailed to Dr Giacomo Torelli
([Email Address Removed]).
Our PhD entry requirements are a listed here: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/civil/phd/apply-now
The EPSRC requirement are listed here: https://epsrc.ukri.org/skills/students/guidance-on-epsrcstudentships/
Start Date: The successful candidate must start on 1 October 2021. Duration: 4 years Hours: Full time
Funding: The Scholarship provides funding for 4 years via the EPSRC Industrial CASE scheme, covering:
- UK home tuition fees
- Maintenance stipend at an enhanced rate: starting from ~£20,000 per annum with annual increases.
Application Guidance here: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/civil/phd/apply-now
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