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PhD studentship in Prestressed fabric-formed concrete structures

An EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship is available for a UK student in the field of concrete structures. The successful research student will join the Structures Group in the Engineering Department of the University of Cambridge, which has a world-leading reputation. The studentship will cover all fees, together with a standard EPSRC stipend which will be at least £14,764 per annum.

Students from Overeseas are not eligible for this studentship and should not apply.

The project itself will explore innovative concrete structural forms. The use of fabric to form concrete structures holds all sorts of carbon, cost, structural and aesthetic appeal. We place concrete only where we need it. However, stiffness of the structure then dominates. The project will investigate the possibility of prestressing fabric-formed concrete structures in order to inject stiffness. The project will also look to optimise concrete strength as part of the prestressed form-finding processes in order to minimise carbon footprint.

Applicants should have (or expect to obtain by the start date) at least a good 2.1 (and preferably a masters degree) in civil/structural engineering.

Applications should be submitted via the University of Cambridge Graduate Admissions web pages, with Professor Tim Ibell identified as the potential supervisor, and the project title 'Prestressed fabric-formed concrete structures' clearly stated as the intended research proposal.

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