PhD Studentship: Structure performance of high strength stainless steel members under shock loads

Start date: October 2013 or January 2014

Applications are invited for a funded three-year PhD studentship to investigate the structural performance of high strength stainless steel members under shock loads. 

The UK Government has set a challenging target for new buildings to be ‘carbon neutral’ by 2019. Without dramatically improving the life-cycle environmental cost of the infrastructure stock, it will not be possible to reduce resource consumption and meet this declared target. It has also been recognised that the infrastructure should become more resilient to extreme man-made or natural hazards. To address these challenges in the construction sector, new materials have a crucial role to play. Thus, exploring and developing the use of new construction materials – high strength stainless steel grades – is the focus of this project.

Through a combination of targeted laboratory testing and detailed non-linear numerical modelling, this project aims to generate the necessary fundamental data and understanding on the response of stainless steel members to extreme loads and to provide the technical information now lacking to enable an informed material selection. On the basis of the findings of the experimental study and of the associated numerical modelling, guidance on the strategic use of high-strength stainless steel for resilient structures will be developed.

Awards available:  1 award available

Funding Details: The successful applicant will receive full fees and a stipend of £13,590 per annum for 3 years.

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Length of Award: 3 years (PhD)

Eligibility:  Due to funding restrictions this studentship is available to UK/EU nationals only.

Application Details: Candidates should have a minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Civil Engineering or in a related field of engineering. The successful candidate will be jointly supervised by Dr Tak-Ming Chan from the School of Engineering and Professor Richard Dashwood from the WMG. We ask that you submit the online application and upload your CV and transcripts.

Online application form quoting scholarship reference: PGO-TMC:

For informal enquiries about the project please contact Dr Tak-Ming CHAN ( at

Deadline:  31 August 2013

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