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PhD Studentship - Effect of Climate Conditions on Performance of Timber Structures

School of Engineering

Location:  Highfield Campus
Closing Date:  Monday 31 August 2020
Reference:  1241820DA

Supervisor:                 Sheida Afshan (Infrastructure)

Co-supervisor             Adrian Campbell (industry supervisor)

Project description

Description: As a natural and renewable building material, timber is being increasingly used in different structural forms. One of the key issues in wood construction however is durability and performance in varying climate conditions. This project will investigate the effect of climate conditions on the structural performance of timber products such as crosslaminated timber panels. The durability and residual capacity of timber structural components exposed to varying climate conditions (e.g. moisture content and temperature) will be examined at material level and component level. Reliable performance data will be generated through a programme of experimental testing and numerical modelling methods for service life prediction of timber components.

References: Campbell A. Mass timber in the circular economy: paradigm in practice? Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers – Engineering Sustainability; 172(3): 141–152.

Key-skills: Finite Element Analysis, structural analysis, civil engineering materials, and experimental methods.

Entry Requirements

A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).

Closing date: applications should be received no later than 31 August 2020 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.

Funding: full tuition fees for EU/UK students plus for UK students, an enhanced stipend of £15,009 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years. 

How To Apply

Applications should be made online here selecting “PhD Eng & Env (Full time)” as the programme. Please enter Sheida Afshan under the proposed supervisor.

Applications should include

Research Proposal

Curriculum Vitae

Two reference letters

Degree Transcripts to date

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