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Modelling and mitigation of early-age cracking in reinforced concrete structures

  • Full or part time
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    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

The project will investigate the potential of modelling the thermal behaviour of concrete structures at early ages due to cement hydration through finite element modelling. Mitigation approaches to control early age thermal cracks, which may become more prominent for long-span concrete structures, will also be investigated. This will include the use of industry by-product such as GGBS to partially replace CEM I cement.

Funding Notes

Brunel offers a number of funding options to research students that help cover the cost of their tuition fees, contribute to living expenses or both. See more information here: View Website. Recently the UK Government made available the Doctoral Student Loans of up to £25,000 for UK and EU students and there is some funding available through the Research Councils. Many of our international students benefit from funding provided by their governments or employers. Brunel alumni enjoy tuition fee discounts of 15%.)


Further readings: Tang, K., J. Khatib & G. Beattie (2017) Effect of partial replacement of cement with slag on the early-age strength of concrete. Structures and Buildings. 170 (6) 151-161. Tang, K., S. Wilkinson & G. Beattie (2017) Effects of curing temperature on the hydration of GGBS blended concrete and the use of electron microscope particle analysis . Advances in Cement Research. 29 (8) 322-335

How good is research at Brunel University London in Aeronautical, Mechanical, Chemical and Manufacturing Engineering?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 63.27

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