Engineering Doctorate Studentship Infrastructure and asset evaluation of corrosion-damaged reinforced concrete using real-time monitoring



Closing Date: 1st September 2013, Potential Start Date: 1st October 2013

Context and Background

An opportunity exists for a Research Engineer to lead a joint research venture between Civil Engineering Monitoring Ltd and Loughborough University as part of the prestigious four-year Engineering Doctorate programme, leading to the award ‘Doctor of Engineering’. 

There is presently a lack of research and literature related to the application of strain data sensors to non-linear structural analysis. Current technologies would permit the development of such methodologies and as such, any endeavour would incorporate corrosion monitoring procedures due to corrosion being a major reason for reinforced concrete deterioration and consequently a highly non-linear structural response. Furthermore, it is anticipated that strengthening of the corroded structural members with advanced Carbon Fiber systems instrumented with Fiber Bragg Grating sensors would yield significant data on the behaviour of the structural systems.

Research Aim

To improve the assessment of corrosion damaged reinforced concrete (RC) structures after repair, and to inform owners and asset managers of required, necessary additional preventative actions.

Research Objectives

  • Conduct a critical literature review of state-of-the-art in monitoring of RC structures and assess those existing methods and techniques currently applied;
  • Engage with the UK industry to establish what improvements stakeholders require;
  • Measure and quantify the relationship between corrosion, movement, and structural performance (through in-situ monitoring, laboratory work, and FE modeling);
  • Generate the necessary knowledge required to develop a new technique for combined structural and corrosion monitoring of RC structures, which would be both simple to apply and cost effective whilst enhancing existing techniques.

Expected Outcomes

  • New methodologies for ‘local’ structural monitoring of concrete structures and the ‘overall’ concrete structural response.
  • Defined parameters for structural rehabilitation through application of Carbon Fibres reinforcing lamina and interfaces.
  • Development of a new generation of compatible corrosion mitigation and strengthening systems.
  • Creation of computational methods that incorporate nonlinear analysis that will take into account data from monitored stresses and strains or displacements.
  • Creation of a decision support tool for structural prevention maintenance and improved asset management.

Suitable Candidates

This EngD research project is open to graduates with a relevant degree in engineering, science or construction, e.g. civil engineering, materials, electrical or mechanical engineering, chemistry/electrochemistry or similar and that are articulate, well qualified and highly motivated. The minimum entry qualification is a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent. A lower qualification is acceptable only if supplemented with an appropriate postgraduate (MSc/MEng) qualification and relevant industrial experience.

Funding

The successful applicant will receive a minimum enhanced tax-free stipend of £19,000 p.a. and a training allowance. The stipend may be higher for experienced graduates. Due to Tier 4 visa restrictions on industry placements, this is only available to UK/EU applicants. 

How to Apply

Applications will only be accepted with the relevant supporting documents (see how to apply) and should be made through Loughborough University’s Online Application Portal via the Apply button below.

The successful candidate will be required to work at Civil Engineering Monitoring Ltd near Nottingham, whilst also attending Loughborough University as required.

For informal discussions about the research project please contact Dr Chris Goodier at [email protected]

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