Investigation into the Accumulated Fatigue Damage in Riveted Connections in Steel Bridges
Applications are invited for our EPSRC funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) PhD studentships that will support six (6) research projects starting 1 October 2022. One of these projects is “Investigation into the Accumulated Fatigue Damage in Riveted Connections in Steel Bridges” led by Dr Elisa Bertolesi in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of £18,062 including outer London allowance plus payment of their full-time tuition fees for a period of 42 months (3.5 years).
You should be eligible for home (UK) tuition fees but there is a limited number of studentships (no more than two) available to overseas applicants, including EU nationals, who meet the entry criteria.
The project intends to analyse the mechanism behind fatigue propagation in riveted connections of steel rail bridges, addressing the effect of loading conditions and rivet geometry on crack nucleation, propagation and failure. Riveted connections will be modelled in Abaqus©, with an emphasis on analysing the specific geometry of the rivets and rivet holes. Also, the project will use the data taken from the FE analysis to provide an increased understanding of appropriate methods for strengthening and retrofitting for other existing bridges suffering similar damage.
project intends to analyse the mechanism behind fatigue propagation in riveted
Please contact Dr Elisa Bertolesi at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about the project.
You will have or will receive an undergraduate degree classified at 1st class or 2:1 (honours) in computer science or an engineering related discipline. A postgraduate masters degree may be an advantage. Where appropriate, applicants must have English language proficiency to an overall score of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.
Skills and Experience
A good basic understanding of AutoCAD is essential however no previous modelling or 3D experience is necessary but advantageous. This position requires familiarity with Finite Element modelling using Abaqus. It is also recommended that you have knowledge of steel structures, Eurocodes and modelling of steel/composite materials. You should be a highly motivated individual and possess a strong sense of curiosity. The ability to study independently, think critically and collaborate with others is essential.
How to apply
Email the documents below as a single PDF file to email@example.com by 16:00 on Friday 3 June 2022. Please state the name of the project supervisor in your email.
- Your up-to-date CV;
- Your 300-word personal statement setting out why you are suitable for this position;
- Your Undergraduate/Postgraduate Masters degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
- Your English Language qualification of IELTS 6.5 overall or equivalent, if applicable;
- Two references, one of which can be provided by a member of Brunel University academic staff.
Interviews will take place in June 2022.