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Road Health Warning and Management System for Smart Cities’ Infrastructure

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Traffic Speed Deflectometers (TSD) are employed by UK Highways England to monitor the national road health conditions and decide the maintenance schedule. A challenge exists around how to process and interpret the TSD laser-based deflection data to provide a more reliable prediction of the road failures (structure bearing capacity, rutting, cracking, potholes etc.). By re-interpreting the TSD data, this project aims to develop an autonomous road health warning system to effectively quantify the road structural conditions, achieve advance warning of the developing deteriorations and predict road residual life, in which laser signal processing and mechanics principle-based machine learning methods will be adopted. The implementation of this system will permit preventative maintenance and rational rehabilitation of the national road networks in smart cities, leading to the longest road service life, the least maintenance costs and the minimum delay costs for the road users.
Collaborators: Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) , Highways England, KIER, Jiangsu Transportation Institute (JSTI)

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Funding Notes

This studentship provides a maintenance allowance (currently £14,777 per year) and covers tuition fees at the home/EU level. Applicants from outside the EU are welcome but they will need to pay the difference between the home/EU and international fee levels; that difference is currently £12,290/year.

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