• Costain PhD Studentship: Resilient Materials for Life

    Job Locations UK-Berkshire-Maidenhead
    Posted Date 7 days ago(15/06/2018 07:19)
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  • About Costain and your project.

    Title: The development of self-sensing, self-healing concrete structures and the quantification of their value in the context of enhancing the delivery of a major highway project.

    What will I be doing?

    Objectives / Description of the proposed project:


    This studentship will be directly linked to the recently funded EPSRC programme grant “Resilient Materials for Life (RM4L)”, which has already been recognised as ground-breaking by EPSRC and Industry. RM4L aims to effect a transformation in construction materials by creating smart materials that will adapt to their environment, develop immunity to harmful actions, self-diagnose upon the onset of deterioration and self-heal when damaged.


    The aim of this studentship will be to contribute to the design, development, manufacture and testing of a range of self-sensing, self-healing techniques which can be incorporated at the outset of the design of future infrastructure projects. The work will involve contributions to the following areas:

    • The development of a self-sensing, self-healing system that is capable of identifying the onset of damage and activating a self-healing response for specific structural applications that have been identified as being at risk. This will include an assessment of the resilience of the system and its ability to respond to multiple damage events.
    • An assessment of how the structural design of components can be re-envisaged to maximise the advantages facilitated by the adoption of self-sensing, self-healing materials. This will require a detailed understanding of current highway specifications and how a suitable performance specification might be developed to enable such materials to be accredited, accepted and used by industry.
    • Understanding the benefits that self-sensing, self-healing materials could bring to asset owners, in particular Welsh Government. This would involve whole-life costing of applications and quantifying the benefits that can be obtained in the context of the delivery of a major highway project. The M4CaN project will be used as a case study.
    • Developing and implementing a self-sensing, self-healing concrete site trial on the M4CaN project.

    About you

    This studentship will suit a person with design or construction experience who is interested in developing new materials and the way in which they can be taken from a research environment into practice. It will require an appreciation of how the design of concrete structures might be modified to make best use of an intelligent material and how this can be implemented in practice.  The studentship will build on the strong links that already exist between Costain and Cardiff University, and will require the individual to be based for part of their time in the M4CaN project office.   


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