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Innovative strengthening strategies for protection of existing masonry structures against natural hazards (ENG1349)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, May 11, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The main aim of this project is to develop novel, durable and sustainable strengthening composites from textile reinforced mortars for strengthening of existing masonry structures.

Composite materials have been extensively used for externally bonded reinforcement of reinforced concrete and masonry structures. In case of masonry buildings, the use of composite materials made of inorganic matrices such as Textile Reinforced Mortars (TRMs) have recently received great attention. The key idea behind TRMs lies in the impregnation of multidirectional textiles within an inorganic mortar which also contributes to promoting sustainable construction materials. TRMs offer several advantages, in comparison to conventional Fiber Reinforced Polymers (FRPs), such as sustainability and compatibility with masonry substrate. Application of these materials, however, is still at is early ages and several issues remaining the performance of these composites in the field remain open. The main aim of this project is to develop innovative TRMs with improved durability and mechanical performance for protection of existing structures against different hazards. The project will be implemented combining experimental testing and numerical simulation activities.

Entry requirements:

We are seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated person with good interpersonal skills and a keen interest in research. You must have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honors degree or a distinction or high merit at MSc level (or international equivalent) in Civil Engineering, Materials science, mathematics or a related subject. Preference will be given to candidates with educational and/or research experience in engineering and materials science. Experience in object-oriented programming (especially with Python or Fortran) would be an advantage, but not essential. The candidate will be expected to have good interpersonal skills.

This studentship is open until filled. Early application is strongly encouraged.

When applying for this studentship, please include the reference number (beginning ENG) within the personal statement section of the application. This will help in ensuring your application is sent directly to the academic advertising the studentship. Please also ensure you submit a covering letter and CV.

Please apply here

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews may also be sent to Dr. Bahman Ghiassi ().

Funding Notes

The PhD position is available from 1st October 2020 (later start dates will also be considered). This project will include the payment of tuition fees as well as a stipend equivalent to RCUK rates (currently at £15,009 p.a. tax free for 2019/20) awarded to the suitable candidate.

Due to funding restrictions, this studentship is open to UK/EU candidates only.

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