Risk CDT - Development of Sensible Structural Restoration and Refurbishment Analysis Methods
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This is a project within the multi-disciplinary EPSRC and ESRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) on Quantification and Management of Risk & Uncertainty in Complex Systems & Environments, within the Institute for Risk and Uncertainty. The studentship is granted for 4 years and includes, in the first year, a Master in Decision Making under Risk & Uncertainty. The project includes extensive collaboration with prime industry to build an optimal basis for employability.
The project will involve the development of a tool/strategy for sensible structural restoration and refurbishment analysis methods which will lead to more robust design guidance for use in the appraisal of historic structures based on probabilistic analysis of deterioration, durability and structural failure independent of current codified design checks. Generally on historic projects it is often difficult to justify the adequacy of the structure in terms of the ‘code-check’. However, the fact that the structure is standing, is occupied and has in essence stood the test of time invalidates the code-check. Such guidance could be used to achieve optimum restoration and refurbishment costs whilst providing confidence of the structural integrity, reducing the risk and uncertainty regarding future performance and retaining the architectural value and significance in heritage and historic structures.
The PhD Studentship (Tuition fees + stipend of £ 14,296 annually over 4 years) is available for Home/EU students. In addition, a budget for use in own responsibility will be provided.