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Development of high temperature experimental methods for concrete

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

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Dr G Torelli , Prof J Provis No more applications being accepted Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)
Sheffield United Kingdom Civil Engineering Mechanical Engineering Nuclear Physics Materials Science

About the Project

Supervisory team

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


Desirables are:

- 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.

Contact us:

Any informal enquiries about project should be asked through this portal or emailed to Dr Giacomo Torelli

([Email Address Removed]).

Funding Notes

The Scholarship is only available for students with home fee status.
Our PhD entry requirements are a listed here:
The EPSRC requirement are listed here:
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:
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