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Enhancing earthquake resilience of structures: Development of a new low-damage technology for steel braced structures

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Saturday, August 31, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Steel structures are frequently used in engineering constructions due to their large strength-per-weight ratio and ductility of steel material. The design for steel structures, however, requires careful engineering calculations as steel sections are susceptible to local deformations (local buckling) while steel members under compression fail globally by sudden sideways deflections (global buckling). Under hazardous events, such as earthquakes and strong winds, the capacity margins of safety structural components can be exhausted quickly and their uncontrolled failure may trigger significant structural instabilities and final premature collapse of structure. Key structural components to resist earthquake and wind loads in steel structures are diagonal steel braces. This research aims to develop a new seismic-protective design for steel braces that mitigates structural instabilities and extends structural life against hazardous events. Novel materials will be used and combined in a way that benefits structural performance. Both analytical and experimental work will be conducted.

PhD qualifications:
The Department of Civil Engineering welcomes applications from excellent students with a strong background in structural dynamics, and seismic design and analysis of steel structures. A good knowledge of finite element analysis methods (e.g., ABAQUS) and programming languages (e.g., MATLAB) are essential. Basic understanding/experience of laboratory procedures and experiments are desirable.

Informal enquires can be sent to the project supervisor, Dr Konstantinos Skalomenos (), and in the first instance should contain a covering letter and a CV. Applications and resumes will be accepted until August 31st and will be reviewed on a continuous basis.

Funding Notes

For Home/EU students, a scholarship will be offered covering academic tuition fees of £4,320/year for three years and any additional academic fees for a further 0.5 year. It will also cover a stipend of £15,009/year for 3.5 years.

For overseas students, the scholarship covers academic tuition fees of £4,320/year for three years and any additional academic fees for a further 0.5 year. It will also cover a stipend of £15,009/year for 3.5 years. Overseas students will need to pay the difference between the overseas tuition fees (£21,420/year) and those of home candidates (£4,320/year).

How good is research at University of Birmingham in Civil and Construction Engineering?

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