PhD in Engineering: Numerical modelling and experimental investigation of micro-macro-cracking in fibre reinforced cementitious composite materials
|Application deadline||30 November 2017|
|Start date||January 2018|
|Level of study||Postgraduate research|
|Award type||PhD studentship|
|Number of studentships||1|
This exciting PhD project is linked to a research project on the development of a novel computational model for simulating the behaviour of fibre reinforced cementitious composites (FRCCs) that explicitly predicts the development of micro-cracks and their coalescence into macro-cracks.
The work will involve:
- Undertaking a series of experimental tests in which the development of micro-cracks and formation of macro-cracks inside and on the surface of FRCC specimens will be tracked using non-destructive monitoring techniques.
- The extension of a micromechanics-based constitutive model for FRCCs by devising a micro-crack coalescence criterion informed by the findings from the experimental work.
- Carrying out a series of validation tests for the material model developed in using experimental data acquired.
The PhD will suit someone who is able in mathematics, programming, engineering theory and who has a good understanding of material behaviour and is able to undertake and critically analyse a programme of experimental work.
|Tuition fee support||Full UK/EU tuition fees|
|Maintenance stipend||Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum|
|Residency||Open to all students of any nationality without restrictions (UK/EU and International)|
Applicants for this studentship must hold, at least, a 2.1 degree or Master’s degree in in a relevant subject such as:
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language (minimum IELTS 6.5 or equivalent).
The studentship is open to UK, EU and international candidates. However, international candidates will be required to pay the difference between the home and international fee.
Consideration is automatic upon application for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering with a January 2018 start date.
Your application should contain:
- a copy of your CV
- a personal statement/covering letter
- two references (applicants are recommended to have a third academic referee, if the two academic referees are within the same department/school)
- current academic transcripts.
In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisor of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided.
In the funding section, please select "I will be applying for a scholarship / grant" and specify that you are applying for advertised funding, reference IM2017.
We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.