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PhD Studentship in partnership with Arup

last modified Jun 07, 2017 09:37 AM
PhD Studentship in Thermal Integrity Testing of Deep Foundations, Instrumentation and Interpretation

A fully funded 4-year PhD studentship funded through a CASE award sponsored by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and Arup is available in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Drs Mohammed Elshafie and Cedric Kechavarzi. The studentship has a start date of October 2017. Due to funding restrictions the studentship/project is only available to UK (full fees and maintenance) or EU citizens (fees only). Applications from any non-EU citizen for this studentship will not be considered.

This exciting research will build on from recent distributed fibre optic research at Cambridge University, investigating in a new area of thermal heat transfer to develop and prove an interpretation method to assess the structural integrity of deep foundations using distributed fibre optic sensors installed within foundations. The interpretation method will use the thermal data measured during the hydration of the curing concrete to determine the geometry of the as-built foundations.

As the research offers significant benefits to industry, the successful applicant will work closely with Arup and other industry partners. The student will carry out practical laboratory and field testing as well as advanced numerical simulations.

The research is conducted in partnership with engineering consultants Arup (http:/// Additional information on the academic supervisor is found at:

For further details including eligibility and how to apply click here