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Postgraduate research project

Developing deterioration models for rout availability of ageing railway bridges under heavy axle weight trains

Competition funded
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Type of degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Entry requirements
2:1 honours degree
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Faculty graduate school
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Closing date

About the project

Explore the impact of heavy axle weight (HAW) traffic on historic railway bridges. You will have the opportunity to provide a scientific basis for the determination of permitted axle loads and develop a HAW deterioration and residual capacity model.

Uncertainty concerning the condition of railway bridges means they are often subjected to weight or speed restrictions, at a time when there is pressure to increase the capacity of the network. There is therefore an urgent need to develop a far better understanding of the condition and true capacity of such bridges, together with cost, time and carbon efficient remediation methods.

You will carry out numerical modelling and experimental testing on samples from deteriorated bridges for material characterisation. It forms part of a larger research project funded by Network Rail and Rail Safety and Standards Board.

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