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PhD Studentship in Tailored Reinforced Concrete Infrastructure

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 successful candidate will join a vibrant research team dedicated to advancing sustainable concrete solutions. Applicants should have (or expect to obtain by the start date) at least a good 2.1 degree (and preferably a Master's degree) in an Engineering or a related subject. A good knowledge or experience of concrete materials, concrete properties, reinforced concrete design, structural engineering and/or concrete manufacture is advantageous.

This studentship will cover all University fees and a maintenance allowance of at least £14,582 per year for UK students. EU students are eligible for a fees only award. Overseas students are not eligible and should not apply.

Applications should be submitted via the University of Cambridge Graduate Admissions web pages, with Professor Janet Lees identified as the potential supervisor

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