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Postgraduate research project

Flexible framing for robust and efficient steel construction in seismic regions

Fully funded (UK and international)
Type of degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Entry requirements
2:1 honours degree View full entry requirements
Faculty graduate school
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Closing date

About the project

Flexible framing involves flexible steel connections and composite steel-concrete decks that are cheap to fabricate and erect. They are abundantly used in construction worldwide in conventional and light-weight structures. Past research showed that these flexible systems possess an appreciable stiffness, strength, and ductility under different loading scenarios. As such, it has been suggested that they can potentially be used directly in seismic regions.  

In this project, you will try to answer the following questions: 

  1. Can we use flexible connections and systems in seismic regions instead of rigid connections? 
  2. What are the potential advantages and limitations? 

This research will involve state-of-the-art data-driven approaches, numerical modelling techniques, structural analysis, and loss quantification methodologies to investigate the robustness of flexible steel frames under earthquake excitations. You will also take part in complementary laboratory work to further our understanding of the cyclic behaviour of flexible connection components.

You will be situated in the new Boldrewood Innovation Campus, home of the cutting-edge UKCRIC National Infrastructure Laboratory. You will join the Infrastructure Research Group, providing you the opportunity to become part of a team of diverse and world-leading researchers. The project will enable you to develop your engineering research, teaching, and communication skills while tackling an important industry-driven problem. The outcomes of this project are expected to inform international design codes and to lead to efficient and optimized steel designs.

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