EPSRC DTP Studentship – Tailored Reinforced Concrete Infrastructure

Department of Engineering, Cambridge

University of Cambridge, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, UK


  • Posted on: 08th Nov 2021
  • Funding amount: Funding Available
  • Funding for: EU Students, International Students, UK Students
  • REF: NM28878
  • Closes: 06th January 2022
  • Hours: Full Time

Applications are invited for an EPSRC DTP PhD Studentship in the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, to undertake research on novel tailored reinforced concrete infrastructure. The PhD studentship is fully-funded (fees and maintenance) for eligible UK students. The successful candidate will join a vibrant research team dedicated to advancing sustainable concrete solutions.

Cement production is an environmentally intensive process and responsible for 5-7% of man-made CO2 emissions. A promising strategy to mitigate this impact is to derive more value from the cement we produce and thereby reduce the volumes required. This allows society to benefit from the advantages of concrete as a building material while ensuring cement is utilised more efficiently.

The project aim is to develop tailored reinforced concrete infrastructure solutions that meet specified structural and material performance requirements but consume less cement. The research will include a detailed investigation of the structural behaviour of reinforced concrete and the material properties of concrete in the context of resilience and resistance to mechanical and environmental loadings. A range of structural and material systems to meet defined strength and durability functions will be explored and the most promising avenues will be the focus of detailed experimental studies. The development of predictive tools based on closed form and/or finite element solutions and strategies to address manufacturing challenges are also envisaged. The project will be undertaken in collaboration with International Industrial and Academic Partners.

Applicants should have (or expect to obtain by the start date) at least a good 2.1 Bachelor’s degree in an Engineering or related subject. A good knowledge or experience of concrete materials, concrete properties, reinforced concrete design, structural engineering and/or concrete manufacture is advantageous.

As noted, the EPSRC DTP studentships are fully-funded (fees and maintenance) for eligible UK students. EU and international students may be considered for a small number of awards at the UK rate. Full eligibility criteria can be found via the following link;https://epsrc.ukri.org/skills/students/guidance-on-epsrc-studentships/eligibility/

Applications should be submitted via the University of Cambridge’s Postgraduate Admissions Applicant Portal www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/egegpdpeg, with Professor Janet Lees identified as the potential supervisor and ‘Tailored Reinforced Concrete Infrastructure’ as the proposed title of research.

For general enquiries about the application process, please email structures-admin@eng.cam.ac.uk . For project-specific enquiries please e-mail Professor Janet Lees at jml2@eng.cam.ac.uk .

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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