FRP-strengthening of Curved Concrete Beams under C...

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FRP-strengthening of Curved Concrete Beams under Combined Loadings

Eligibility: UK/EU/International

Award Details: Self-funded

Duration: 3 years 6 months Fixed Term

Application deadline: This opportunity will only remain open until a suitable candidate is identified - early application is therefore advised. Standard University research application closing dates apply.

Informal enquiries are essential before application; contact Professor James Yang to discuss this opportunity.  

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The Project

One of the most cost-effective, sustainable techniques of strengthening reinforced concrete (RC) beams is adhesively bonding fibre reinforced polymer composites (FRP) to their surfaces. This technique has been widely and successfully applied to straight beams against bending and shear assuming two-dimensional behaviour. However, many curved RC beams (CRCB) in practice (for example, skyways, overpasses, canopies and motorways) are under combined loadings of bending, shear and torsion, and must be studied in three-dimensions. This makes analysis and design of CRCB much more challenging and complicated than straight ones. To date, FRP-strengthening of CRCB under such loadings has hardly been investigated, and guidelines for analysis and design are completely missing.

This project aims at a full understanding of the structural behaviour of FRP-strengthened curved RC beams under complicated loading conditions, by analytical derivations, lab experiments and advanced numerical simulations. Analysis and design guidelines for practical design of strengthening will be proposed.

About the Centre/Department

The Centre for the Built and Natural Environment is 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. Our key research themes are: 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.

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


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