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Performance and Enhancement of Railway Transition Zones (PERTZ)

School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

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Dr J El-Rimawi , Dr M Frost No more applications being accepted Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Application details:
Reference number: ABCE20/PERTZ
Start date of studentship: 1 January 2021
Closing date of advert: 11 October 2020
Interview date: w/c 2 November 2020

Full Project Detail:
Applications are invited for a four-year fully funded EPSRC ICase PhD studentship in partnership with Rhomberg Sersa UK Ltd. The project will investigate the performance and design of railway track bed transition zones. The project benefits from significant industry input and support and represents follow-on from past research by the project team.

Transition zones in railway track are required to accommodate changes in stiffness between different track-forms. This project aims to develop monitoring and then model the performance track structures using video and thermal imaging techniques.

Building on past work, it will aim to improve image capture and processing to measure live track deflections. The data will then be used to model track performance to make recommendations of how transition design can be enhanced.

Industry Sponsors:
Rhomberg Sersa (RS) are a major international railway infrastructure company that supply and maintain proprietary transition zone systems. RS will be fully involved in directing and supervising the project, applicants must be willing to spend considerable time in their offices in Chesterfield as well as being part of the Loughborough ABCE research community.

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough you will work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College.

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Entry requirements:
Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. Applicants having a background in mechanical or civil engineering, FE modelling, machine learning and railway track design/maintenance are welcomed. A relevant master’s degree and/or employment experience will be an advantage.

Contact details:
For information about the project, please contact:

Name: Dr Matthew Frost
Email address: [Email Address Removed]
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 228306

For information about the application process, please contact:

Name: Mr Berkeley Young
Email address: [Email Address Removed]
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 222611

How to apply:
Applications should be made online at please select Civil and Building Engineering, quoting reference number: ABCE20/PERTZ

Funding Notes

The four-year studentship is intended to start by 1 January 2021. It provides a tax-free stipend of £15,285 a year (2020/21 rates – stipend will rise in line with Research Council levels) for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. The successful applicant will also receive a top-up of around £1000/year plus benefit in kind from the sponsor, including training, access to sites and data, opportunity to travel to support projects as part of work placements.

This studentship is only open to UK/EU applicants. In order to qualify for a full award, all applicants must meet the EPSRC eligibility criteria including the minimum UK residency requirement
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