Study With Us
Are you interested in conducting research in a sustainable built environment? Low Impact Buildings welcomes enquiries from talented and motivated individuals who wish to base their doctoral research within our areas of interest.
Who is this programme for?
We are seeking exceptional and motivated scholars who wish to engage with global, policy or industry related research that will demonstrate a measurable sustainable improvement in the performance of the built environment. You will be expected to engage in innovative research in one of our themes: building materials or low carbon technologies including their dynamic performance; new standards of building performance involving owners and occupiers; resilience and adaptation to climate change; or, pervasive data in sensoring and monitoring buildings including human computer interaction. It is our aim to improve the sustainability and performance of the built environment, so we will consider strong applicants in related themes. Candidates that can prove their excellence through competitive full or partial funding are encouraged.
- recognised Masters degree in a relevant discipline from a reputable institution,
- the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD degree within a three-year period of study,
- English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0, with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)
How to apply
Informal expressions of interest, including a motivation letter, a resume and a brief research proposal, can be submitted to potential supervisors within CLIB.
For details on the formal application process and forms, please see the How to Apply section of University’s website.
Electrical interactions between Cathodic Protection systems and surface-bonded CFRP composites in RC structures
This project will seek to investigate the electrical and electrochemical interaction between carbon fibre composite strengthening system and CP system and develop suitable method(s) to mitigate the potential risk of shortening the service life of CFRP composite. The proposed research motives can result in development of specialist resin and/or isolating system to be used in situations where the coupled application of CP system and CFRP composites is needed.
Evaluation of the viability of state of the art technologies for energy retrofitting
The aim of the research is to evaluate the energy and environmental performance of innovative building fabric technologies for low energy retrofit of buildings applied in Coventry University (Phase Change Materials, Vacuum insulated panels, Electrochromic windows, Aerogel mortar and Photovoltaic ventilated façade) and other new materials discovered by the initial state of the art of the PhD project.
FRP-strengthening of Curved Concrete Beams under Combined Loadings
This project aims at full understanding of the structural behaviour of FRP-strengthened curved RC beams under combined bending, shear and torsion loadings, by analytical derivations, lab experiments and advanced numerical simulations. Analysis and design guidelines for practical strengthening will also be proposed.