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Understanding the resilience of masonry structures to settlements (ENG1351)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, May 11, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The main aim of this project is to develop a fundamental understanding of the effect of settlements on the performance and resilience of masonry structures. Settlements can be induced from tunneling, earthquakes or landslides and therefore can be considered a common hazard for several countries around the world.

A large number of residential and historical structures in UK and around the world are made of masonry. Due to the low tensile strength and brittle response of these materials, masonry structures are particularly vulnerable to natural and man-made hazards. Development of understanding the performance of these structures to different hazards and of innovative repair strategies has therefore been the subject of many studies during the last decades. Most of these studies, however, have been mainly focus on the seismic response of these structures during the earthquakes. The effect of settlements on the performance of masonry structures, however, has received a limited attention. There is therefore a need for fundamental understanding of how the masonry behaves under these actions and what are the main retrofitting strategies that can be used for protecting them against failure.

Entry requirements:

We are seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated person with good interpersonal skills and a keen interest in research. You must have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honors degree or a distinction or high merit at MSc level (or international equivalent) in Civil Engineering, Materials science, mathematics or a related subject. Preference will be given to candidates with educational and/or research experience in engineering and materials science. Experience in object-oriented programming (especially with Python or Fortran) would be an advantage, but not essential. The candidate will be expected to have good interpersonal skills.

This studentship is open until filled. Early application is strongly encouraged.

When applying for this studentship, please include the reference number (beginning ENG) within the personal statement section of the application. This will help in ensuring your application is sent directly to the academic advertising the studentship. Please also ensure you submit a covering letter and CV.

Please apply here

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews may also be sent to Dr. Bahman Ghiassi ().

Funding Notes

The PhD position is available from 1st October 2020 (later start dates will also be considered). This project will include the payment of tuition fees as well as a stipend equivalent to RCUK rates (currently at £15,009 p.a. tax free for 2019/20) awarded to the suitable candidate.

Due to funding restrictions, this studentship is open to UK/EU candidates only.

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