PhD in Engineering: Mini-vascular networks for construction material damage immunity

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Key facts

Application deadline 31 August 2017
Start date October 2017
Duration 3.5 years
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship
Number of studentships 1

This funded PhD project is linked to a major research programme on self-healing cementitious materials. The aim of this project will be to design, develop, manufacture and test a series of vascular systems and pressurised mini-networks containing innovative prophylactic agents. The work will involve:

  1. research into the optimum size and disposition of networks for a range of structural applications, for example, precast slabs, tunnel linings, basements, sprayed concrete, repair mortars, embankments and underground benching;
  2. the formation of Mini-vascular-networks (MVNs) using 3D tetrahedral units of hollow ligaments with an overall size approximately equal to approximately twice the size of the maximum particle size of the composite; and
  3. establishing the optimum MVN shape, ligament aspect ratio, material type, bond properties and healing agent.



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Funding details

Tuition fee support Full UK/EU tuition fees
Overseas candidates will be required to pay the difference between the home and overseas fee.
Maintenance stipend Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum

Eligibility criteria

Residency Open to all students of any nationality without restrictions (UK/EU and International)
Academic criteria

Candidates should hold a minimum 2:1 degree in a relevant subject.

The PhD will suit someone who has a good understanding of material behaviour, structural mechanics and design and who is able to undertake and critically analyse a programme of experimental work to optimise the preferred technique.


Postgraduate Research Admissions, School of Engineering

Consideration is automatic upon application for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering (start date of October 2017).

In the funding section of your application, please select 'I will be applying for a scholarship / grant' and specify that you are applying for advertised funding from the School. In the research proposal section, include the project description contained here.

Applicants are also invited to send a CV and covering email/letter to

Please ensure that you quote the reference RL-RM4L2-2017 in the email subject field.

We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.


Postgraduate Research Admissions, School of Engineering

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