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PhD Studentship: Towards Enhancing the Design Life of Concrete Structures with Stainless Steel Reinforcement

Civil, Maritime & Environmental Engineering

Location:  Boldrewood Campus
Closing Date:  Saturday 31 August 2019
Reference:  1140119DA

Project Description

An opportunity has arisen for a PhD Research student to work on an exciting project ‘Towards enhancing the design life of concrete structures with stainless steel reinforcement’ in the Infrastructure Research Group at the Civil, Maritime and Environmental Engineering Department in Southampton University. 

The aim of the project is to solve the problem of deterioration of concrete structures currently facing the Civil and Structural Engineering community with introduction of the use of stainless steel reinforcement. The project will investigate the nonlinear response of stainless steel reinforced concrete structural components through a combined experimental, analytical and numerical modelling approaches. The obtained results will be used to develop validated structural design rules for incorporation into future design standards and specifications.

You will join the Infrastructure Research Group based at the new UK Collaboratorium for Research on Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC) National Infrastructure Laboratory at our Boldrewood campus under the supervision of Dr Sheida Afshan. 

The new UKCRIC National Infrastructure Laboratories at Boldrewood campus was opened in 2019. It provides the state-of-the-art experimental facilities including a range of Servo-hydraulic and Electro-dynamic Test Machines and sophisticated data capturing tools such as Digital Image Correlation techniques and more. You will have the privilege of accessing to these unique facilities for the experimental part your PhD research. 

For this PhD project, we welcome applicants with an enthusiasm for experimentation, computer simulation and programming, as well as a drive to learn, discover and make a lasting contribution to the field of civil and structural engineering. You must have a 1st Class MEng/MSc degree (or equivalent) in Civil and/or Structural Engineering with strong interests in collaborative research work, and ability to work both independently and as part of a group. You should have knowledge of Finite Element Analysis, computer programming, structural analysis, civil engineering materials, and experimental methods.

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr Sheida Afshan, Infrastructure Research Group, Email:

Funding and Eligibility

This 3 year studentship covers UK/EU level tuition fees and provides an annual tax-free stipend at the standard EPSRC rate, which is £15,009 for 2019/20.

The funding available is competitive and will only be awarded to an outstanding applicant. As part of the selection process, the strength of the whole application is taken into account, including academic qualifications, personal statement, CV and references. For further guidance on funding, please contact

How to Apply

Click here to apply and select the programme - PhD in Engineering and the Environment. Please enter the title of the PhD Studentship in the application form.

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