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Dynamics of heterogeneous structures for non-destructive testing: theoretical study and experimental validation

   School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

  Dr Teresa Lombardo, Dr A Palmeri  Sunday, February 12, 2023  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Non-destructive methods are common to monitor damage in important civil engineering structures, like dams, bridges, and power plants. Material composition strongly affects the results of ultrasonic wave techniques. This project aims to investigate the dynamic behaviour of structural systems made of composite materials with random arrangements of their constituents. Attention will be paid to the wave propagation phenomenon. Structural scale tests will be carried out to validate the numerical predictions. The planned experimental campaign will help to increase the scientific understanding of how waves propagate in materials with complex microstructures, such as concrete, for instance.


Primary supervisor: Dr Teresa Lombardo

Secondary supervisor: Dr Alessandro Palmeri

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in a relevant subject.

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

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How to apply

All applications should be made online and must include a research proposal. Under programme name, select Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering. Please quote the advertised reference number ABCE23/ML2 in your application.

To avoid delays in processing your application, please ensure that you submit the minimum supporting documents.

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Funding Notes

UK fee
£4,596 full-time degree per annum
International fee
£25,100 full-time degree per annum
Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Fees are reviewed annually and are likely to increase to take into account inflationary pressures.
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