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Geotechnical and geophysical testing of microbial induced precipitation in soils and construction wastes

   School of Natural and Built Environment

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  Dr V Sivakumar  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

The PhD is part of a US Ireland project that will develop Microbial Induced Carbonate Precipitation (MICP) testing of treatment schemes using Geotechnical and Geophysical methods. The project in conjunction with research partners CBBG (USA) and iCRAG (Ireland) will conduct meso-scale tank tests that will be used to validate MICP treatment methods, to determine precipitation mechanisms for construction wastes, sands and carbonate soils. The project will perform meso scale laboratory studies (column and tank tests) comparing geotechnical approaches (stiffness evolution with time, non-destructive testing for strength, settlement and stress-strain behaviour) with near real time geophysical properties (e,g resistivity and seismics). Training and field testing at project partner locations will also be facilitated which will help to improve design application and interpretation of field scale processes

Funding Notes

The successful candidate will be funded through a studentship at the 2020/21 rate, a stipend of £15,285 and Home/EU fees at £4407. The candidate must have been ordinarily resident in the UK for 3 years (with no restrictions). EU residents may be eligible for the studentship covering fees-only.


• Apply for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in SNBE in Civil Engineering
• State name of lead supervisor on application (Dr V Sivakumar)
• Include the intended SOURCE OF FUNDING on application form
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