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PhD Studentship: Assessment of Moisture-Induced Damage Effects in Timber Buildings

Loughborough University - Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Loughborough
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Fully funded
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 5th January 2024
Closes: 25th February 2024
 

Timber is less carbon intensive to manufacture, transport and erect than steel and concrete structures. Therefore, increasing the use of timber in our buildings will reduce the carbon impact of construction. Furthermore, modern timber-based products, such as glulam or cross-laminated timber, have been engineered to build lightweight structures of formidable strength.

There is considerable research ongoing to determine moisture induced degradation, since it is considered the largest risk factor in multi-storey timber buildings. This implies the critical need for reliable detection methods to mitigate potential structural vulnerabilities and ensure the long-term resilience of timber constructions.

This project will focus on developing reliable data-driven detection of moisture-induced damage in multi-storey timber buildings. The onset of damage should be detected by fusing data acquired from moisture and acceleration sensors. As part of the project the best location and number of sensors should also be determined using efficient optimization algorithms. Validation will be sought considering a) reduced scale models using the most advanced hygrothermal test chamber in Europe and b) real world data from a live laboratory timber building built by NMITE.

The selected candidate will have the unique opportunity to develop expertise in Structural Health Monitoring of timber buildings along with a multi-disciplinary team, under the supervision of Dr Andre Jesus and collaboration with NMITE and Stora Enzo.

We are seeking a talented student who is enthusiastic about developing innovative solutions in this emerging area. Study interests should include: in-service performance of structures, structural dynamics, durability, data analytics, computer programming.

This project is one of five PhDs in Resilient Infrastructure. The successful candidate will be part of a growing community of doctoral and post-doctoral researchers and academics who are extending the boundaries of knowledge and delivering transformative solutions to real-world problems. The other projects in Resilient Infrastructure are

  • Progressive collapse analysis of steel structures
  • Performance-based optimization of novel lightweight steel frame systems for resilient modular constructions
  • Climate change-resilient geotechnical infrastructure
  • Impact of recycling and coating on nanoplastic emission from textile products

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Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Fees are reviewed annually and are likely to increase to take into account inflationary pressures.

The School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering's studentship competition offers the chance for UK and International applicants who are interested in undertaking a PhD to have their full-time studies paid for.

The studentship is for 3 years and provides a tax-free stipend of £18,622 per annum (2023/24 rate) for the duration of the studentship plus university tuition fees.

Studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis to applicants who have applied to advertised projects starting with the reference 'ABCE24'.

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