Closing Date Friday, 10th July 2020
Topic: Predicting concrete pavement deterioration
Academic Supervisor: Dr. Nick Thom
Industrial Supervisor: Dr. Arash Khojinian
Location: Nottingham Transportation Engineering Centre, University of Nottingham
Restrictions: Highways England will consider funding either home/EU or international students
This project is targeted at allowing HE to manage their stock of concrete roads effectively. As part of this it is necessary to have a trustworthy method of predicting future performance based on known characteristics. This PhD will concentrate on the design and calibration of a realistic theoretically-based concrete pavement deterioration model, in particular joint and crack deterioration. This will involve analysis of stress concentrations, e.g. at dowels, inclusion of water ingress effects, e.g. dowel corrosion and loss of slab support, and will also take account of daily and annual temperature cycles. The modelling required is anticipated to involve: finite element analysis around dowels; so-called 2.5D analysis of joint and foundation stresses; water flow simulation; and corrosion prediction. Inputs will be related to information from in-situ monitoring. Outputs need to be formulated so as to be suited to HE’s decision-making processes.
In addition to this research project the student will also benefit from being part of a large group of researchers, academics and technicians working on a wide range of highway and railway related projects, some laboratory-based, some principally computational.
There will also be opportunities to undertake training in topics of use to the PhD and to attend one or more relevant international conferences.
The direct involvement of Highways England as advisors to the project will be beneficial in ensuring that a truly valuable piece of work results, rendering the candidate highly employable.
The position comes with a tax-free stipend of £15,285pa (2020/21 value, inflation adjusted for subsequent years).
Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Nick Thom (firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 795 1415131) for more details about the project.
Candidates should hold one of the following:
- A minimum of an upper second-class honours degree from a 4-year undergraduate course (or equivalent) in Engineering, Physical Sciences or a closely related subject.
- A 3-year undergraduate degree in one of the above disciplines plus a Masters degree.
Please apply here https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/pgstudy/how-to-apply/apply-online.aspx
When applying for this studentship, please include the reference number (beginning ENG and supervisors name) within the personal statement section of the application. This will help in ensuring your application is sent directly to the academic advertising the studentship.
Application deadline: 10 July 2020.Läs mer
|Titel||36-month PhD studentship sponsored by Highways England|
|Employer||University of Nottingham|
|Job location||University Park, NG7 2RD Nottingham|
|Publicerad||juni 1, 2020|
|Sista ansökningsdatum||juli 10, 2020|
|Ämnen||Transportteknik,   Fordonsteknik,   Teknisk fysik,   Järnvägsteknik  |