About the Project
The aim of this project is to enhance the design and performance of LSF structural systems subjected to various environmental and loading conditions. The specific objectives are:
- Develop detailed finite element modelling of the LSF components and connections validated against experiments to improve their load-bearing characteristics.
- Optimise design and manufacture of the LSF components incorporating practical and manufacturing constraints.
The developed design will provide a lightweight, sustainable and rapid solution for CFS construction, therefore contributing in the following UK government targets for 2025: (i) 50% reduction in the overall construction time of new build and refurbished assets; (ii) 33% reduction in both the initial cost of construction and whole life cost of assets; and (iii) 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment.
Successful completion of the project and publication of its results will likely lead to significant application in the CFS industry which is rapidly growing in the UK and overseas.
Candidates should have (or expect to achieve) a UK honours degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in Civil/Structural Engineering.
Knowledge of: Steel structures and finite element modelling
• Apply for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering
• State name of the lead supervisor as the Name of Proposed Supervisor
• State ‘Self-funded’ as Intended Source of Funding
• State the exact project title on the application form
When applying please ensure all required documents are attached:
• All degree certificates and transcripts (Undergraduate AND Postgraduate MSc-officially translated into English where necessary)
• Detailed CV
The other supervisor on the project is Dr Amir Siddiq, School of Engineering ([email protected])
Informal inquiries can be made to Dr A Bagheri Sabbagh ([email protected]), with a copy of your curriculum vitae and cover letter. All general enquiries should be directed to the Postgraduate Research School ([email protected])
It is possible to undertake this project entirely by distance learning. Interested parties should contact Dr Bagheri Sabbagh to discuss this.
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