Civil Engineering Centre of Excellence grants two PhD studentships
City's Centre of Excellence in Temporary Works and Construction Method Engineering, supported by the construction industry-led Temporary Works Forum (TWf), has awarded two PhD research studentships.
The studentships, oriented around research projects, are funded by the Research Club formed by a grouping of like-minded commercial bodies of the TWf, all of whom are collaborating to progress safety and practice within the field of Civil Engineering.
The first project is considering the strength and stability of granular working platforms, typically a bed of crushed or recycled concrete aggregate, that are typically laid over soft ground to provide a stable working environment for heavy plant and equipment such as piling rigs.
This studentship project has been awarded to Greta Tanghetti.
The second project aims to tackle the problem of the increasing frequency of collapses of steel reinforcement cages used to reinforce concrete framed structures. A change in working practice within the industry itself brought about by time and cost benefits, means that secondary support of the steel cages in their temporary state has been lost resulting in collapses. The project aims to study the strength, stiffness and stability of the components and the whole structure. Kostas Kalfas is the first recipient of the Centre of Excellence's PhD studentships.
His PhD will be on the “strength and stability of steel reinforcement cages in their temporary state”. Kostas says City's reputation for civil engineering education and research was a factor in his decision to study within the Centre of Excellence:
“I was aware of City's excellent research environment from past research students. I visited the amazing civil engineering laboratory at the University and I was aware of the outstanding academic staff and PhD candidates who perform highly advanced research on engineering topics.”
Greta, a University of Brescia graduate in architectural engineering, was drawn to City’s expertise in geotechnical engineering.
“Once I got in touch with Professor Sarah Stallebrass, and Dr. Richard Goodey, who is now my supervisor, I visited City’s civil engineering laboratory and met the geotechnical team. City is now providing me with the opportunity of doing a PhD based on an investigation of granular materials used in working platforms for tracked plant. The laboratory equipment at City is impressive and the staff are kind and enthusiastic.”