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Machine learning for material degradation

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  • Full or part time
    Dr Mark Evernden
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Project Description

The BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials (, in the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering, is seeking eligible applicants for an PhD studentship expected to start 30th September 2019. This project is one of a number that are in competition for funding.

The current lack of knowledge and understanding about the durability of man-made composites creates an atmosphere of low confidence in their infrastructure application. This project aims to adapt innovative material degradation models derived from the lithium battery industry, these models will be able to account for competing degradation processes in order to provide a robust methodology for predicting property retention under long -term fluctuation exposure condition. Existing experimental data from the accelerated testing undertaken as part of the EPSRC funded DURACOMP project, will provide data for the model development. Machine learning techniques involving Bayesian statistical methods will be employed to identify the acceptability of each data set and to provide measures of certainty in the predictive aspects of the modelling. This project will help to build a framework for the assessment of degradation models which can be applied to other new and emerging materials.

For further information and informal enquiries, please contact the proposed supervisors as listed or Prof. Pete Walker (Tel: +44 (0)1225 386646; email: [Email Address Removed]).

Candidates should have a first class honours degree in engineering or a closely related applied science discipline or equivalent qualifications and/or relevant experience. English language requirements must be satisfied at point of application.

Formal applications should be made via the University of Bath’s online application form for a PhD in Architecture & Civil Engineering. Please ensure that you state the full project title and lead supervisor name on the application form.

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Anticipated start date: 30 September 2019 but applications for 20 January 2020 will also be considered.

Funding Notes

The ‘Michael Dickson’ studentship, subject to confirmation of funding, is expected to be fully funded by the BRE Trust and will cover tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and maintenance in line with the UKRI Doctoral stipend rate (£15,009 per annum, 2019/20 rate ) for 3.5 years full-time study. The studentship is also expected to include an allowance for travel and subsistence as well as some funds for project expenditure to acquire essential materials and minor equipment.

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