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Dr. Messaoud Saidani, Associate Head (Civil), Reader in Structural Engineering & EC Postgraduate Tutor

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Development of cold-formed steel elements for sustainable building solutions

Eligibility: UK/EU/International

Award Details: Self-funded

Duration: Full Time - 3 years 6 months fixed term

Application deadline: Ongoing 

Informal enquiries are essential before application; contact to Dr. Messaoud Saidani discuss this opportunity.

Congratulations on taking your first steps toward a Research Degree with Coventry’s Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing. As an ambitious and innovative University, we’re investing an initial £100m into our new research strategy, ‘Excellence with Impact’. Through original approaches from world-leading experts, we’re aiming for our research to make a tangible difference to the way we live. As a research student you are an integral part of Coventry’s lively and diverse research community and contribute to our reputation for excellence. With our exceptional facilities and superb support mechanisms you are afforded every opportunity for academic success.

The Project

For over a century, hot-rolled steel sections have been successfully used in the construction of different types of structures, including hangers, airports, and multi-storey construction. The problem is that these sections can be heavy. Also, as a result of the hot rolling process, residual stresses develop in the section as well as undesirable reactions between the metal and the surrounding atmosphere take place, such as scaling or rapid oxidation of the work piece. The current research aims to investigate the feasibility of using cold formed sections in construction, by overcoming obstacles leading to their use, and exploiting their the excellent structural properties that they present. The original contribution of the research is to develop design guidelines so that designers will find it easy and practical to recommend cold formed sections in their solutions.

About The Centre/Department

The Centre for Low Impact Building’s (CLIB) aims to be an academic and industry partner of choice in delivering real solutions to close the design versus in-use performance gap in the built environment.

CLIB staff enjoy a vibrant environment of collaboration across academic disciplines, other universities, practionners and industry to ensure that our research has proven impact on the global challenge for sustainability of the built environment that includes human factors.

Successful Applicants

Successful applicants will have:

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the Project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average, or
  • A Masters Degree in a relevant subject area will be considered as an equivalent. The Masters must have been attained with overall marks at merit level (60%). In addition, the dissertation or equivalent element in the Masters must also have been attained with a mark at merit level (60%).
  • The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a prescribed period of study
  • Language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).

Eligibility & Application Procedure

Application Procedure:

Application information can be found in our how to apply section. Before completing the application please contact Dr. Messaoud Saidani (cc'ing when you do) for an initial informal discussion about the opportunity.


All UK/EU/International students are eligible to apply that meet the academic requirements, the eligibility criteria can be found on the making an application page.