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Geopolymer reinforced concrete structural element

Faculty of Engineering and Informatics

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Prof Ashraf Ashour Applications accepted all year round Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Geopolymers is an alkali-activated amorphous aluminosilicious cementitious material. Common aluminosilicate material used for producing geopolymer is fly ash and slag, both industrial by products. While a good progress has been achieved in developing geopolymer concrete focused on micro-scale level, relatively limited research has been conducted at load-bearing members such as reinforced concrete beams, columns, slabs and more. This project aims at investigating the behaviour of structural elements made of geopolymer reinforced concrete.

Funding Notes

This is a self-funded PhD project; the applicants will be expected to pay their own fees and living costs and / or seek separate funding from student finance, charities or trusts. A bench fee of £5000 per year also applies in addition to tuition fees.


1. Tran, T.T., Pham, T.M., Hao, H. “Experimental and analytical investigation on flexural behaviour of ambient cured geopolymer concrete beams reinforced with steel fibers” (2019) Engineering Structures.

2. Yacob, N.S., ElGawady, M.A., Sneed, L.H., Said, A. “Shear strength of fly ash-based geopolymer reinforced concrete beams” (2019) Engineering Structures.
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