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Formation mechanisms of corrosion-resistant oxide films in steel reinforced alkali-activated materials

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, January 03, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The corrosion of steel reinforcement in conventional concrete materials is the most prevalent global challenge for cities and their infrastructure. Globally, €2.2 trillion are spent each year to prevent, mitigate, and repair civil concrete infrastructure damage due to corrosion of steel reinforcement. Innovative low-CO2 concrete technologies, such as alkali-activated materials, have gained global research attention due to their potential to decarbonize civil infrastructure as well as their demonstrated improved durability, when compared to conventional concrete materials. However, their application is limited by critical gaps-in-knowledge concerning the corrosion mechanisms occurring at the steel-concrete interface.

This project is available as one of five PhD studentships with the Bragg Centre to tackle fundamental and applied problems to create new and improve existing materials. These will address fundamental and applied problems across design, characterisation, fabrication and modelling. The Centre comprises around 150 members from over ten Schools and has had continued investment in excellent facilities and infrastructure, including a new building opening in 2020, to ensure that our staff and students benefit from state-of-the-art, high quality equipment and laboratories. We are a founding partner of the Henry Royce Institute, the UK’s Institute for Advanced Materials.

Funding Notes

Funding is available from the Bragg Centre for Materials Research for 3.5 years and covers the cost of academic fees at the UK/EU rate (currently £4,500 per year for 2019/20) and provides a stipend at EPSRC rates (currently £15,009 per year for 2019/20).

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