This is a four-year (1+3 MRes/PhD) studentship funded through the Cambridge EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Infrastructure and Built Environment: Resilience in a Changing World (FIBE2 CDT). The FIBE2 CDT aims to develop the next generation of infrastructure professionals who can create, shape and deliver the national vision for UK infrastructure.
The project is funded in collaboration with Costain who deliver integrated smart solutions to meet urgent infrastructure needs across the UK.
Cement production is responsible for 5-7% of man-made CO2 emissions. The scale of cement reduction to meet 2050 targets necessitates a transformation in concrete design and mix selection, advanced digital tracking tools and incentivisation to adopt low carbon decisions. This is in the context of limited concrete-related data sharing and transparency across the construction sector. As a consequence, the rich opportunity to mine historical and live concrete performance data to inform cement miminisation strategies is lost. This project will inform strategies to underpin the necessary transformation towards cement reduction. The insights derived will reduce uncertainty of in-situ material performance, providing confidence in the resilience of less carbon-intensive solutions that challenge current standard practice.
The MRes/PhD objectives are to: establish generic and specific digital frameworks to embrace the digitalisation of concrete data collection, tracking, sharing and archiving; use these frameworks to support more sustainable concrete mix design choices; deliver innovations in concrete systems that minimise cement; and lead and embed change through close engagement with key stakeholders
For general enquiries, please email . For project-specific enquiries please e-mail Professor Janet Lees ().
Applicants should have (or expect to obtain by the start date) at least a good 2.1 degree, and preferably a 1st class degree, in a Bachelors or Masters in any engineering, sciences or relevant discipline.
The FIBE2 CDT studentships are fully-funded (fees and maintenance) for eligible UK students. EU and international students will be considered for partial funding (home-level fees and maintenance) from the CDT as part of their application.
Further details about eligibility and funding are at:
To apply for this studentship, candidates must apply via the following link: with the project and supervisor on the form. There is a £70 fee for applications.
The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.
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