Retrofitting of Substandard Reinforced Concrete Members with Innovative Materials

A PhD scholarship in structural engineering is available at The University of Nottingham. Potential candidates should apply before September 07, 2020.

Most of the existing infrastructure and building stock was designed according to old standards using poor material and construction practices. The vulnerability of these structures to natural and man-made hazards is increased further considering the level of deterioration of the structural elements due to ageing and aggressive environmental conditions. Recent events worldwide have illustrated forcefully the catastrophic implications of degradation to civil engineering (civil engineering scholarships) structures. There is no doubt that there is a global need for sustainable and resilient buildings and infrastructure due to climate change and increased societal exposure to natural hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis and floods. Retrofitting for enhancing the performance and extending the service-life of deteriorated and deficient structures with quantified sustainability is the only viable solution. This project aims to investigate the efficiency of various innovative retrofitting solutions (e.g. FRCM) in alleviating the deficiencies of old substandard reinforced concrete members. Both analytical and experimental investigation will be carried out.

Applicants should have, or expect to obtain, a 1st class or 2.1 honours degree (or international equivalent) in Civil Engineering. An MSc in Structural Engineering is required. Experience on structural engineering (structural engineering scholarships) analysis software and laboratory testing would be advantageous.

This project will include the payment of tuition fees as well as a stipend equivalent to RCUK rates (currently at 15,009 p.a. tax free for 2019/20) awarded to the suitable candidate.

Informal contact can be sent to Dr Georgia Thermou ( before submitting an online application. Please send a cover letter and a copy of your CV with your up to date relevant experience.

Online application can be made via Please quote the studentship reference and Dr Georgia Thermou.

When applying for this studentship, please include the reference number (beginning ENG) within the personal statement section of the application. This will help in ensuring your application is sent directly to the academic advertising the studentship.

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