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Hygrothermal performance of 3D printed concrete for buildings

Project Description

Application details

Reference number: ABCE19/3DCP
Start date of studentship: 1 July 2019
Closing date of advert: 28 April 2019
Interview date: w/c 6 May 2019

Primary supervisor: Dr David Allinson
Secondary supervisor: Dr Rich Buswell

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.
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In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering was ranked first for research environment in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning, with 95% of research rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ for its influence on society, the economy and policy. The School boasts world class facilities, including two computer-controlled 3DCP printers and a state-of-the-art hygrothermal test facility.

Full Project Detail

3D concrete printing is an emerging technology that is likely to significantly impact construction manufacturing. It has the capability to manufacture components that satisfy both structural requirements and those relating to the absorption and transmission of heat, air, moisture and sound. A key barrier to development is the availability of design tools that relate performance to the variable parameters in the manufacturing process. This PhD studentship will undertake the first ever work in the characterisation of these properties to develop design tools.

The position requires a very capable person interested in learning about 3D concrete printing and hygrothermal physical properties of materials. You will need to be competent in coding and scripting and have an aptitude for identifying applications and experimental design.

The successful applicant will be part of a growing team working on aspects of 3D concrete printing and will benefit from a close association with the researchers in the LoLo CDT in Energy Demand and a Research Training Support Grant of £1,750.

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Entry requirements

Applicants will normally need to hold, or expect to gain, at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant scientific or engineering discipline. A relevant master’s degree and/or relevant employment experience will be an advantage.

Due to funding restrictions, this studentship is only open to UK/EU applicants. In order to qualify for a full award, all applicants must meet the EPSRC eligibility criteria including the minimum UK residency requirement:

Contact details

For information about the research project, please contact:

Name: Dr David Allinson / Dr Rich Buswell
Email: /
Telephone: (01509) 223643 / (01509) 223783

For information about the application process, please contact:

Name: Mr Berkeley Young
Telephone: (01509) 222611

How to apply

All applications should be made online at In your application, please select Civil and Building Engineering (Built Environment) as the programme name.

Please quote reference number: ABCE19/3DCP

Funding Notes

The studentship is for 3.5 years (42 months) starting in July 2019 and provides an annual tax-free stipend of £14,777 (rising annually in line with Research Council recommendations) plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and a Research Training Support Grant of £1,750.

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