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PhD Studentship: Seismic behaviour of FRP-confined rubberised concrete elements

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, September 02, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The project:

Worldwide tyre production is about 3 billion units/year and it is estimated that for every tyre placed in the market, another tyre reaches its service life and becomes ‘waste’. On the other hand, concrete is the most used material in the world (after water), which demands the use of huge amounts of natural resources. The demand for tyres and concrete is expected to increase massively over the next decades.



Vulcanised rubber recovered from end-of-life tyres is very strong, flexible and can maintain its volume under compressive stress. Recent research has proven that rubber recovered from tyres can replace large amounts of sand and gravel in concrete. It was also shown that Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) sheets could be used to produce an innovative highly deformable FRP-confined rubberised concrete suitable for structural applications where large deformability is necessary (e.g. plastic hinges of buildings and bridges). However, the behaviour of this completely new material is not fully understood, and therefore more research is necessary to develop a first generation of practical design guidelines for the construction industry.


This PhD project will examine experimentally and analytically the seismic behaviour of FRP-confined rubberised concrete elements. The experimental/analytical work will be complemented with finite element modelling so as to provide further insight into the behaviour of FRP-confined rubberised concrete components. The results of the project will help develop practical design equations for incorporation into future design guidelines

Place of study: School of Engineering, University of Warwick, is consistently in the top ten of all UK league tables; one of the leading unified engineering schools in the UK. The school combines various disciplines under one roof in a vibrant environment that promotes interdisciplinary collaboration.

Eligibility: Potential applicants should hold (or expected to obtain) a first class degree or equivalent and preferentially a MSc degree in Civil/Structural Engineering. Applicants are expected to have a sound understanding of structural/earthquake engineering, as well as familiarity with concrete and FRP materials in civil engineering.

How to Apply

Email a full CV, academic transcripts, and cover letter, explaining your interest in pursuing a PhD in this area to: with ‘PhD Application’ in the subject line.

Funding Notes

The project provides funding of £14,777 for 3 years. This studentship is available to UK, EU, and international candidates. Fees are only available to cover UK/EU tuition fees. International candidates (outside the EU) would be required to pay the difference between UK/EU tuition fees and international tuition fees.

How good is research at University of Warwick in General Engineering?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 94.75

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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