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  The Investigation of Cold-Formed Thin-Walled Structural Members with Perforations Subjected to Different Loading Conditions

   School of Computing, Engineering & the Built Environment

   Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Reference number: SCEBE/21SF/005/MK


Cold-formed steel sections have become competitive structural components in modern building construction due to their inherent favourable characteristics over conventional hot-rolled steel members. However, the advantages of these members are often limited due to the presence of perforations. Due to the position of perforations, the ultimate strength and elastic stiffness of a structural member can be varied. There are a number of research projects that have been conducted on the analyses of cold-formed thin-walled channel section columns with perforations subjected to different loading conditions. Based on the outcome of the literature review, it can be said that the strength of a structure is largely dependent on the presence/absence of perforations.


Aim and scope of work

The overall objective of this research programme is to investigate the effect of cold work on the mechanical properties of cold-formed steel members.

•         To conduct experimental investigations in order to examine the effect of cold work on mechanical properties of cold-formed steel lipped channel cross-section, including developing test specimens, end supports and to obtain a better understanding of the failure mechanisms under different loading conditions.

•         To develop non-linear finite element models that are capable of simulating different failure modes of cold-formed steel sections, using the ANSYS software package.

•         To investigate and review major cold-formed steel design codes: AISI Specifications and Eurocode with respect to the efficient design of cold-formed steel sections and propose modifications.

Person Specifications

The successful applicant will hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject (UK 1.1 or 2.1 classification). Good understanding and prior experience in Mechanical/Structural Engineering will be an advantage.

Candidates are invited to make further enquiries with the Director of Studies.

How to Apply

This project is available as a 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time PhD study programme. 

Candidates are encouraged to contact the research supervisors for the project before applying. 

Please note that emails to the supervisory team or enquires submitted via this project advert do not constitute formal applications; applicants should apply using our Application Process page, choosing Mechanical Engineering and their preferred intake date.  

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Funding Notes

Applicants are expected to find external funding sources to cover the tuition fees and living expenses. Alumni and International students new to GCU who are self-funding are eligible for fee discounts.
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For further information, please contact:
Dr Muditha Kulatunga

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