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Rapid Infrastructure Shielding from Legacy Unexploded Ordnance: Modelling & 3D Printing

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, November 17, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Application details:
Reference number: UKCRIC/DSTL1
Start date of studentship: by April 2020
Closing date of advert: 17 November 2019
Interview date: tbc

Primary supervisor: Dr Simon Clubley
Secondary supervisors: Dr Sergio Cavalaro & Prof. Rich Buswell

This PhD studentship is sponsored by DSTL (The UK Defence Science & Technology Laboratory) and is part of the UKCRIC CDT that will develop the doctoral community to boost productivity and efficiency in the delivery, maintenance and adaptation of infrastructure and cities. It will combine expertise in the blast simulation techniques and cutting-edge 3D concrete printing.

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering was ranked first for research environment in Architecture, Built Environment and Planning, with 95% of research rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ for its influence on society, the economy and policy. The School boasts world class facilities, with £1.4m recently invested in its 3,000m2 laboratory and one of the fastest High-Performance Computer clusters in the UK.

A key part of the School’s ethos is the extensive links with industry. Many research projects are sponsored and applied by organisations in the civil engineering, construction and transport sectors, and Loughborough graduates are highly sought after by industry and commerce world-wide.

Full Project Detail

This project aim is to explore the use of 3D additive printing and other advanced civil engineering techniques to facilitate the rapid production and construction of optimised structures in-situ around any unexploded ordnance, a high-impact approach entirely novel within this field. The project will focus on the development and simulation of elements produced through 3D-printing that will be assembled in-situ around unexploded ordnance for protection and controlled detonation.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject. Applicants with a background in civil engineering, mechanical engineering, applied physics or mathematics are particularly 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 S K Clubley
Email address:
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 222 909

For information about the application process, please contact:

Name: Mr Berkeley Young
Email address:
Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 222 611

How to apply

Applications should be made online at and must include an outline research proposal. Under programme name, please select Civil and Building Engineering.

Please quote reference: UKCRIC/DSTL1

Funding Notes

The three-year studentship is intended to start by April 2020 and provides a tax-free stipend of £15,009 a year (2019/20 rates – stipend will rise in line with the level set by the Research Council) for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. Due to sponsor funding restrictions, this studentship is only open to UK/EU applicants.

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