PhD Studentship in Carbon Accounting for Bridges
University of Southampton School of Engineering
United Kingdom

PhD Studentship in Carbon Accounting for Bridges

School of Engineering

Location: Highfield Campus

Closing Date: Monday 31 August 2020

Reference: 1283320DA

Supervisory Team: Sheida Afshan, Simon Blainey, John Preston

Project description

Researching the totally reliable, affordable, zero-carbon, 24-hour railway

The railway is at the heart of Britain’s economy and touches the lives of millions of people daily. Future success relies on it becoming more resilient and more cost and carbon efficient, and on improving its service to passengers.

High capacity, high speed inter-urban rail for passengers and freight is of major importance around the world. Increased capacity on new and existing routes is urgently needed to decarbonise land transport and improve economic efficiency.

The Construction 2025 strategy targets reduced carbon emissions through the use of novel construction materials and improved structural design. The use of high-performance construction materials such as stainless steel reinforcement in concrete structures allows longer-life design together with improved life-cycle environmental, social and economic costs. Your project will aim to construct validated probabilistic service life models of stainless steel reinforced concrete bridges, to form the basis for life-cycle cost (LCC) analysis for quantifying the potential maintenance cost savings that are brought about by the higher initial investment in the material. Experimental and numerical modelling methods will be used to investigate the structural behaviour of bridges at component and system levels to develop the probabilistic service life models that are required for the development of maintenance intervention strategy.

The LCC analysis will consider various sustainability metrics including societal, environmental and economic. The LCC will be evaluated using the present value life-cycle approach detailed and will be consistent with the Treasury’s Green Book and DfT WebTAG tool. To account for uncertainties, a probabilistic approach, based on Monte Carlo Simulation and Bayesian Hierarchies, will be used and results verified with historic bridge data.

Enjoying the best of both worlds, you will be employed by Network Rail (NR) on a graduate salary and work alongside a world-leading research team at the new National Infrastructure Laboratory in Southampton. You will be a member of a small cohort of doctoral students working with NR at the heart of the UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN) Centre of Excellence in Infrastructure. You will be supervised jointly by the University and NR, with opportunities to spend periods of time in NR offices and on site. Your PhD research outputs are likely to lead quickly to real world trials and potential adoption into standards and practice.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have at least a relevant UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.

Closing date: applications should be received no later than 31 August 2020. Short-listed candidates will be interviewed by the University and Network Rail jointly soon afterwards.

Funding: full tuition for UK and EU students. Successful candidates will be employed by Network Rail with a starting salary of £26,500 per annum for up to 3.5 years.

How To Apply

Applications should be made online here selecting “PhD Eng & Env (Full time)” as the programme. Please enter “Carbon accounting for bridges” under the Topic or Field of Research. A parallel application to Network Rail will be required.

Applications should include:

Curriculum Vitae

Personal statement of your reasons for applying, not exceeding 500 words

Two reference letters

Degree Transcripts to date

Apply online:

For further information please contact: feps-pgr-apply@soton.ac.uk

 


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