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.
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:
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.