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Concrete Corrosion in Sewers

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  • Full or part time
    Dr H Jensen
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Hydrogen sulfide in sewers are problematic as they lead to corrosion of concrete and odours. Concrete corrosion is a major course of pipe failure in sewer networks and hence a major cost for sewer operators. The processes on the corroding concrete is known to be largely governed by microbial processes, but the interaction between processes on the surfaces and the interaction with the concrete is poorly understood. This project aims to advance the understanding of the processes taking place on the concrete surfaces and how the microorganisms interact with the concrete surfaces. Tools for prediction and control of the corrosion processes are being developed. The development of these tools requires in-depth understanding of the processes and process interactions involved in the corrosion. This project will focus on the description on the water quality transformations using both experimental work and modelling.

You will be part of Chemical Engineering at the Life Science Interface (ChELSI) and the Pennine Water Group. This provides an excellent opportunity platform to be part of internationally leading multidisciplinary research in urban drainage and environmental engineering. At the beginning of you PhD you will carry out a training needs analysis to identify needed skills. This is part of the doctoral development plan. More information about the Pennine Water Group can be found here: http://www.shef.ac.uk/penninewatergroup/

For more information contact: [email protected]

Funding Notes

Candidates should be self-funded, be sponsored, or apply for Scholarships. The University and the Faculty of Engineering award PhD scholarships for Home, EU, and International students on a competitive basis every year. Usual deadline for Faculty/University Scholarships is February each year - for more information see: www.shef.ac.uk/postgraduate/research/scholarships
Candidates should have or expect to gain Honours degree with 2i or above in Engineering, Environmental Engineering, chemistry or related discipline.
If English is not your first language then you must have International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) average of 6.5 or above with at least 5.5 in each component.
See: http://www.shef.ac.uk/postgraduate/info/englang

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