- Type of research degree
- Application deadline
- Ongoing deadline
- Country eligibility
- International (open to all nationalities, including the UK)
- Source of funding
- University of Leeds
- Dr Han Fang and Professor Ornella Iuorio
- School of Civil Engineering
- Research groups/institutes
- Cities and Infrastructure, Energy and Sustainable Buildings, Materials and Structures
This project will develop and investigate structural systems formed with reclaimed elements or materials which are demolished from end-of-life infrastructures. Constructing various infrastructures is necessary for the efficient operation of society and servicing the community for good quality of life. However, the construction projects cause not only significant consumption of raw materials (50% of global raw material consumption per year) and energy, but also 9% of the global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions per year due to the manufacturing of construction materials and structures, transportation and construction activities. Besides, the demolition of end-of-life infrastructures also generates a large quantity of demolition wastes that cause environmental burdens. <br /> <br /> To address this challenge and realise a closed-loop circular economy for sustainable construction, the reuse of demolition waste to form the new infrastructures is an essential step. In this project, various forms of elements and materials generated from the demolition of buildings will be reviewed. You will then conduct research on the development of various structural systems that are made by reusing the demolished elements and materials and can be applied as structural components in buildings. The performance of the structural systems will be examined by experimental investigations and supplementary parametric studies via validated numerical models. Proposals of effective approaches for designing structures made using demolition waste will also be generated to benefit the industry for reapplying demolition waste in new buildings for sustainability. <br /> <br /> For the project, you are expected to have good knowledge in Civil/Structural Engineering, be open to experimental and numerical studies and interested in research on sustainability of infrastructures. You will also benefit from the research resources and facilities such as the access to George Earle Laboratory for experimental investigations.
<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the <a href="https://www.leeds.ac.uk/research-applying/doc/applying-research-degrees">University's website</a>. Please state clearly in the Planned Course of Study section that you are applying for <em><strong>PhD Civil Engineering FT</strong></em> and in the research information section that the research degree you wish to be considered for is <em><strong>Structural systems formed with deconstruction waste</strong></em> as well as <em><strong>Dr Han Fang</strong></em> as your proposed supervisor.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University's minimum English language requirements (below).</p> <p><em>As an international research-intensive university, we welcome students from all walks of life and from across the world. We foster an inclusive environment where all can flourish and prosper, and we are proud of our strong commitment to student education. Across all Faculties we are dedicated to diversifying our community and we welcome the unique contributions that individuals can bring, and particularly encourage applications from, but not limited to Black, Asian, people who belong to a minority ethnic community, people who identify as LGBT+ and people with disabilities. Applicants will always be selected based on merit and ability.</em></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the supervisors for an informal discussion before making a formal application. We also advise that you apply at the earliest opportunity as the application and selection process may close early, should we receive a sufficient number of applications or that a suitable candidate is appointed.</p> <p>Please note that you must provide the following documents at the point you submit your application:</p> <ul> <li>Full Transcripts of all degree study or if in final year of study, full transcripts to date</li> <li>Personal Statement outlining your interest in the project</li> <li>CV</li> <li>Funding information including any alternative sources of funding that you are applying for or if you are able to pay your own fees and maintenance</li> </ul>
Applicants to research degree programmes should normally have at least a first class or an upper second class British Bachelors Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline. The criteria for entry for some research degrees may be higher, for example, several faculties, also require a Masters degree. Applicants are advised to check with the relevant School prior to making an application. Applicants who are uncertain about the requirements for a particular research degree are advised to contact the School or Graduate School prior to making an application.
The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study is an IELTS of 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid. Some schools and faculties have a higher requirement.
<p style="margin-bottom:12px"><strong>Self-Funded or externally sponsored students are welcome to apply.</strong></p> <p><strong>UK</strong> – The <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/209-leeds-doctoral-scholarships-2022">Leeds Doctoral Scholarships</a> and <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/234-leeds-opportunity-research-scholarship-2022">Leeds Opportunity Research Scholarship</a> are available to UK applicants. <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/60-alumni-bursary">Alumni Bursary</a> is available to graduates of the University of Leeds.</p> <p><strong>Non-UK</strong> –The <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/48-china-scholarship-council-university-of-leeds-scholarships-2021">China Scholarship Council - University of Leeds Scholarship</a> is available to nationals of China. The <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/73-leeds-marshall-scholarship">Leeds Marshall Scholarship</a> is available to support US citizens. <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/60-alumni-bursary">Alumni Bursary</a> is available to graduates of the University of Leeds.</p> <p><strong>Important: </strong> Any costs associated with your arrival at the University of Leeds to start your PhD including flights, immigration health surcharge/medical insurance and Visa costs are <strong>not</strong> covered under these studentships.</p> <p>Please refer to the <a href="https://www.ukcisa.org.uk/">UKCISA</a> website for information regarding Fee Status for Non-UK Nationals.</p>
<p>For furthert information related to the project, please contact Dr. Han Fang at <a href="mailto:H.Fang1@leeds.ac.uk">H.Fang1@leeds.ac.uk</a> </p> <p>For further information about your application, please contact Doctoral College Admissions<br /> e: <a href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org</a>, t: +44 (0)113 343 5057.</p> <p> </p>