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Effect of cement replacement on properties of Ultra High Performance Fibre Reinforced Concrete (UHPFRC)


   School of Civil Engineering and Surveying

   Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Applications are invited for a self-funded, 3-year full-time or 6-year part time PhD project.. 

The PhD will be based in the School of Civil Engineering & Surveying, and will be supervised by Dr Ken Awinda

The work on this project could involve: 

  • Material characterisation through direct and indirect tensile tests
  • Measurement of the material internal structure using NDT (including XCT)
  • Multiscale numerical modelling by FEA

Project description

UHPFRC’s superior performance in strength and durability relies on its high cement content. However, this also means that both its embodied carbon and cost are significantly higher than normal concrete limiting its use. Hence the research will investigate the use of cement replacement and its effect on the performance of UHPFRC. This will involve examination of the internal structure of UHPFRC using imaging techniques. Further studies of the effect of cement replacement on the properties of UHPFRC will be carried out by experimental and numerical modelling.

The work will be conducted within the School of Civil Engineering and Surveying which is part of the Faculty of Technology. The faculty hosts the Zeiss Global Centre which has state of the art facilities and expertise in advanced X-ray microscopy. Within the School, the successful candidate you will be part of the ‘Materials, Structures and Geotechnics’ group where they will engage with other staff with expertise in UHPFRC in particular and fibre reinforced concrete in general. 

General admissions criteria

You'll need a good first degree from an internationally recognised university (minimum upper second class or equivalent, depending on your chosen course) or a Master’s degree in an appropriate subject. In exceptional cases, we may consider equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

How to Apply

We encourage you to contact Dr Ken Awinda () to discuss your interest before you apply, quoting the project code.

When you are ready to apply, please follow the 'Apply now' link on the Civil Engineering PhD subject area page and select the link for the relevant intake. Make sure you submit a personal statement, proof of your degrees and grades, details of two referees, proof of your English language proficiency and an up-to-date CV. Our ‘How to Apply’ page offers further guidance on the PhD application process. 

When applying please quote project code: SCES5591023.


Funding Notes

Self-funded PhD students only.
PhD full-time and part-time courses are eligible for the UK Government Doctoral Loan (UK students only).

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