Fabric formed concrete structures
The BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials (https://www.bath.ac.uk/research-centres/bre-centre-for-innovative-construction-materials), in the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering, is seeking eligible applicants for an PhD studentship expected to start 30th September 2019. This project is one of a number that are in competition for funding.
Fabric formwork holds the potential to significantly reduce concrete use in buildings by only placing concrete where it is needed, to add architectural intent to structural design, and to exploit durability enhancements and thermal mass benefits through concrete exposure. A key problem in this field remains one of uptake in the industry. This project will investigate the economic benefits which fabric formwork holds by working alongside a contractor who will be able to gauge economic benefit compared with traditional concrete construction by building various structural forms and testing them for construction repeatability, cost and design intent. With this evidence in place, the innovative nature of this form of construction and material use will hopefully grow quickly. This is exactly the study which is now most needed in this field.
For further information and informal enquiries, please contact the proposed supervisors as listed or Prof. Pete Walker (Tel: +44 (0)1225 386646; email: [Email Address Removed]).
Candidates should have a first class honours degree in engineering or a closely related applied science discipline or equivalent qualifications and/or relevant experience. English language requirements must be satisfied at point of application.
Formal applications should be made via the University of Bath’s online application form for a PhD in Architecture & Civil Engineering. Please ensure that you state the full project title and lead supervisor name on the application form.
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Anticipated start date: 30 September 2019 but applications for 20 January 2020 will also be considered.
The ‘Michael Dickson’ studentship, subject to confirmation of funding, is expected to be fully funded by the BRE Trust and will cover tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and maintenance in line with the UKRI Doctoral stipend rate (£15,009 per annum, 2019/20 rate) for 3.5 years full-time study. The studentship is also expected to include an allowance for travel and subsistence as well as some funds for project expenditure to acquire essential materials and minor equipment.
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