Maintenance is the source of a growing problem for the operators of civil infrastructure, as manual inspections and repairs can be expensive, time-consuming and fallible. Part of the solution to this problem is improved sensing, to make structures “smarter” so that they can provide accurate, real-time and remote information on their health or damage state. Sensing alone, however, does not tackle the root causes of degradation, so there should also be strategies to repair and augment structures, ideally using cost-cutting, automated technologies.Our team’s goal is to unify and automate these two distinct approaches of civil monitoring and civil maintenance. To support this goal, this PhD’s aim is to develop 3D printed smart repairs for concrete and steel structures. The objectives are to:1)Repair and Protect: Develop a fused deposition modelling process for adhesive binders which can restore and maintain a concrete or steel structure’s integrity.2)Sense: Develop printable, electrically-conductive binders which, once cured, can be used as remote sensor patches for strain and temperature. 3)Augment: Upscale the technology from a 3D printer so that it can be applied, using robotics, to augment existing structures, so that they can withstand evolving hazards and expectations.This PhD provides a unique opportunity to tackle a real industry problem using exciting new technology, all while gaining multidisciplinary training in manufacture, sensing, electronics, robotics and structural health monitoring. The work will be conducted collaboratively between the Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Electronic & Electrical Engineering.
Successful candidates should:
- have (or expect) a distinction pass at Master’s level, or a first class BEng/BSc Honours degree, or equivalent, in an Engineering or Physical Sciences subject;
- be available to start in October 2017 (negotiable);
- be comfortable working across disciplines in a practical lab environment.
Experience of 3D printing, practical chemistry, development environments (e.g. LabVIEW), and programming are all advantageous but not essential.
How to apply:
Applicants should send a CV (with two references), a covering letter and a copy of degree transcripts to Dr Marcus Perry (firstname.lastname@example.org).If English is not your first language, please include a copy of your English language qualifications. If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Dr Marcus Perry (email@example.com). For more general enquiries, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The funding covers UK/EU student tuition fees and stipend in line with University rates (£14,653 per year)
Hours: Full Time
Start Date and Duration: October 2017, for 3 years (36 months).
Application closing date: 1 October 2017. Prompt application is advised, as position is only available until a suitable candidate is found.
Transport systems are major urban infrastructural investments often designed to last for decades. This implies they are designed with a certain view of the city, its future, and the future behaviour of its economy and people. Given the unpredictable nature of urban change - with unpredictable changes in rates and types of spatial and economic growth, adoption of new technologies, cultural change, climate change and environmental regulation, and demographic shifts and social mobility – these long term investments are inherently risky. This can lead to creation of “white elephant” assets for which the original use no longer exists, which occupy valuable city space, and can act as unintended barriers between one part of the city and another. Whilst they can act as progenitors and accelerators of social and economic change, such as gentrification, these systems – designed with certain image of the city in mind - can also act to inhibit change through inability to respond to new populations and markets. This project will seek to assess the vulnerability of transport infrastructure investment to unpredictable change, would examine changes in transport infrastructure in Glasgow and New York (and other cities) as case studies, and examine ways in which transport infrastructure could be designed with embedded flexibility, agility and adaptability – that would more easily allow re-use for other purposes, and allow the city to evolve in response to internal and external drivers.
This research project will be based in the Centre for Intelligent Infrastructure, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering with joint supervision by the Institute for Future Cities and external/co-supervision by Professor Kaan Ozbay of the Department of Civil and Urban Engineering and the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) at New York University (NYU).
The project will be undertaken as part of CRESTD (City REsilience Systems Transport Doctorates) which is a joint international doctoral research initiative between Strathclyde and NYU focussed on improving the resilience of urban transport systems.
The funding will cover UK/EU student tuition fees and stipend in line with University rates (£14,653 per year) for 3-years.
Applicants should have (or expect) a distinction pass at Master’s level, or a first class BEng/BSc Honours degree, or equivalent, in:
- Civil Engineering,
- Transport Engineering/Planning,
- Economics or an other numerate discipline.
Candidates shouldbe available to start in October 2017;
How to Apply:
Applicants should send a CV (with two references), a covering letter and a copy of degree transcripts to Dr Neil Ferguson (email@example.com). If English is not your first language, please include a copy of your English language qualifications.
The closing date for application is 28 June 2017.
The Industrial Doctorate provides opportunities for company employees who are carrying out high quality research in the normal course of their work to register for and obtain a PhD degree from the University of Strathclyde.
The aim of the programme is to establish cooperation between the University, a company and an employee/ researcher, on a specific project that is of high value to all participating parties.
It therefore serves to help bridge the gap between industry and academia.
Find out more information about the Industrial Doctorate.
The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde is offering a substantial number of scholarships for international students with outstanding academic qualifications who are commencing their studies from September 2015.
Students may be eligible for a scholarship towards their tuition fees of up £3,340 for the first year of their programme of study.