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Numerical simulation of new cementitious composite materials

Project Description

4 years October 2020

The studentship will focus on the numerical simulation of a new cementitious construction material system (or new material for short). The numerical tools to be developed in the project will enhance the understanding of the new material, be used to guide future material developments and ultimately be employed in designing structures formed from the new material. The finite element models to be developed will make use of a new micro-mechanical material-healing theory developed by the Cardiff supervisors. The models developed will be implemented in the commercial finite element program LUSAS

The new composite material comprises a cementitious matrix with embedded -locally reinforced- mini-vascular units. The behaviour of this material system is complex and encompasses micro-cracking, macro-cracking, healing and crack bridging.

The studentship will build on a long-standing and successful collaboration between the UK-based finite element company LUSAS and Cardiff School of Engineering. The supervisory team will comprise two academics from Cardiff, a LUSAS senior development engineer and the MD of the company. The student will spend time with the company to get to know the staff, the numerical tools they use, LUSAS’s working practices and to benefit from their considerable expertise in finite element development and modelling, thus gaining industrially related training to broaden the student experience. In Cardiff, the case-student will join a dynamic team of Post-Doc and PhD researchers in the Materials for Life (M4L) Research Group investigating different aspects of self-healing materials. Importantly, she/he will work with experimentalists as well as other numerical researchers. The M4L Group is currently leading an EPSRC Programme grant and is part of a European training network. This means that M4L has strong links with research groups in other countries and provides a great opportunity for the student to interact with researchers at leading overseas universities.

The case-student will benefit from an extensive range of courses available to PhD students in Cardiff that help develop research, technical and professional skills.

Applicants for a studentship must hold, at least, a 2.1 degree or Master’s degree in in a relevant subject such as: · Civil & Structural Engineering · Materials Science · Mathematics · Physics Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language (minimum IELTS 6.5 or equivalent)

Applicants should submit an application for postgraduate study via the Cardiff University webpages ( ) including; · an upload of your CV · a personal statement/covering letter · two references (applicants are recommended to have a third academic referee, if the two academic referees are within the same department/school) · Current academic transcripts Applicants should select Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), with a start date of October 2020. In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided. In the funding section, please select "I will be applying for a scholarship / grant" and specify that you are applying for advertised funding, reference TJ/DTPCas

Funding Notes

The studentship is open to: UK students; EU students who have been resident in the UK for three years at the course start date; other candidates who can demonstrate a connection to the UK, usually through residency.

The full four year award will cover fees at the Home/EU rate and will provide an annual stipend (£15,285 in 2020/21). Significant funds are also available to the studentship holder to cover the costs of research training, placement at LUSAS, international conference attendance and research consumables.

For further information please contact Professor Tony Jefferson,

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