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Investigation of a novel light-weight sustainable cementitious material

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  • Full or part time
    Dr M Saidani
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round

About This PhD Project

Project Description

The Project

The growing need for a better and effective way of reducing structural weight and high cost of concrete products had led to considerable research over the last fifty years of so. Such research had given birth to innovation in the production and use of lightweight concrete such as the foam concrete, cellular concrete and the aerated concrete. The current research aims at investigating the material properties and the structural behaviour of a cementitious material that uses no aggregates and is produced simply with a mix of cement, sand, water and a catalyst. The research will consist carrying out through a series of laboratory tests and numerical modelling (finite elements) of the material and structural components.

For this scholarship, the applicant needs to have a strong background in structural engineering, and be a computer literate in particular in the use of finite element software.

Duration: 3 years Fixed Term (Studentships are available to commence during academic year 15/16- start date January/April 2016)

About the Centre/Department

The Centre for Low Impact Building’s (CLIB) aims to be an academic and industry partner of choice in delivering real solutions to close the design versus in-use performance gap in the built environment.

CLIB staff enjoy a vibrant environment of collaboration across academic disciplines, other universities, practionners and industry to ensure that our research has proven impact on the global challenge for sustainability of the built environment that includes human factors.

Successful Applicants

- A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the Project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average.

- In the event of a first degree classification of less than 2:1, a Masters Degree in a relevant subject area will be considered as an equivalent. The Masters must have been attained with overall marks at merit level (60%). In addition, the dissertation or equivalent element in the Masters must also have been attained with a mark at merit level (60%), or

- a taught Masters degree in a relevant discipline, involving a dissertation of standard length written in English in the relevant subject area with a minimum of a merit profile: 60% overall module average and a minimum of a 60% dissertation mark

- the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a three-year period of study
- a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)

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