Self-funded PhD opportunities

Assessing climate change-induced risk to concrete structures

  • Application end date: Saturday 1 July 2017
  • Funding Availability: Self-funded PhD students only
  • Department: School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
  • PhD Supervisor: Stephanie Barnett, Malcolm Whitworth and Sepehr Abrishami Shokooh

This project will assess the level of risk to concrete structures posed by climate change on a national and global scale, providing the knowledge needed to develop strategies to protect existing structures from the effects of climate change as well as inform the future design of concrete structures. The project will assess the risk of increased rates of carbonation-induced corrosion in concrete structures as a consequence of predicted climate change. It will highlight the conditions and geographical locations where risk is significant enough for corrosion damage to occur within designed service life.

The project will based around computational modelling of carbonation using available climate predictions. Geographical Information Systems (GIS) software will be employed to model carbonation rates in concrete geospatially for a number of different emissions scenarios. Key variables will be the concrete material properties (primarily permeability) along with CO2 concentrations, temperature and humidity levels.

How to apply

To apply or make an enquiry, please visit postgraduate research: Architecture, Civil Engineering and Surveying

Applications should use our standard application forms and follow the instructions given under the ‘Research Degrees’ heading on the following webpage:

When applying please note the project code: ACES3450217

Funding Notes: Home/EU applicants only. Please use the online application form and state the project code and studentship title in the personal statement section.

An appropriate first or upper second class honours degree of any United Kingdom university or a recognised equivalent non-UK degree of the same standard honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master’s degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered.