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Structural design of reinforced 3D Concrete Printed materials

Loughborough University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Loughborough
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Tax-free stipend of £15,609 a year (2021/22 rates - stipend will rise in line with the level set by the Research Council) for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK rate.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 5th October 2021
Closes: 21st November 2021
Reference: ABCE21/Cundall

Application details:

Reference number: ABCE21/Cundall

Start date of studentship: 1 January 2022

Closing date of advert: 21 November 2021

Interview date: tbc


Primary supervisor: Professor Richard Buswell

Secondary supervisor: Professor Sergio Cavalaro

Short introduction

You will join a world-leading research group at the cutting edge of design for digital manufacturing in construction and co-develop new tools for the design of structural components manufactured by 3D Concrete Printing in partnership with Cundall (, a global multi-disciplinary engineering practice. The concrete printing group at Loughborough currently numbers 15 academics, research associates, interns and PhD students.

Loughborough University is a top-ten university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough, you will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored advice to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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The School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering boasts world class facilities, with one of the fastest High-Performance Computer clusters in the UK and a £1.4m investment in its 3,000m2 laboratory, home to the two 100kg payload robots that underpin the work of the Hybrid Concrete Printing Group. 

Full Project Detail:

3D Concrete Printing is a digitally driven, off-site, large-scale additive manufacturing technology, which is rapidly establishing itself worldwide. Key to wider application is the manufacture of structural materials that combine cement-based concretes and mortars with reinforcement.

This PhD will focus on the development of digital modelling tools and techniques to support structural design calculation and simulation. The candidate will be excited by the application of modelling techniques and undertaking experimental validation. The candidate will benefit from working closely with a leading structural engineering practice providing excellent industrial experience and the potential to embed the developed codes into practice.  

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Examples of our previous 3DCP work

Key papers from the group can be found listed here (many open access)

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline. A relevant master’s degree and/or employment experience would be an advantage. Knowledge of control and automation, CAD/CAM, cementitious materials and/or design/digital workflow is desirable.

Funding information:

The three-year studentship is intended to start 1 January 2022. It provides a tax-free stipend of £15,609 a year (2021/22 rates – stipend will rise in line with the level set by the Research Council) for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK rate. International students may apply for these positions; funding will cover tuition fees at the international rate in full, but the student will be responsible for their own living costs (estimated at £15,000 per year).

Contact details:

For information about the project, please contact:

Name: Professor Richard Buswell

Email address:

Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 223783

Name: Professor Sergio Cavalaro

Email address:

Telephone number: +44(0)1509 223853

Name: Rasti Bartek

Email address:

Telephone number: +44 (0)20 7438 1600

For information about the application process, please contact:

Name: Mr Berkeley Young

Email address:

Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 222611

How to apply:

Applications should be made online at and must include an outline research proposal. Under programme name, please select Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering (Built Environment).  

Please quote reference number: ABCE21/Cundall

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