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Calcined clays as a reactive alternative to fly ash as a binder in Portland cement concrete, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
Calcined clays as a reactive alternative to fly ash as a binder in Portland cement concrete fully-funded PhD studentship offered by Coventry University in partnership with the BRE Trust is available to study the use of naturally occurring clays as reactive (pozzolanic) materials for low carbon cement production. 

Overview

The Calcined clays as a reactive alternative to fly ash as a binder in Portland cement concrete project from Coventry University will examine the availability, mineralogy, and chemistry of clays in the United Kingdom, analysed by a range of classical and instrumental techniques. These will be thermally activated and their reactivity towards alkalis examined. 

These materials will be used to produce blended cements and their properties examined to establish their hydration properties, strength and durability. Ultimately, these materials will be used to produce mortars and concretes and their utility as engineering materials explored. 

The project will consider the sustainability of such materials, their role in carbon footprint reduction along with their performance in a range of service environments.

The project

The project is largely focused on the material science aspects of these cements and would suit graduates in materials or earth sciences, chemistry or civil engineering, although enthusiastic applicants from other disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Candidates with some experience of research will be at an advantage. This project will be guided by experts both from industry and collaborating universities but without any commercial restrictions on the research.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      between three and three and a half years fixed term

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Benefits
  • The successful candidate will recieve comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.
  • All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average.
  • PLUS
  • The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years
Additionally
  • An interest in cement/concrete. Some experience with evaluating fresh and hardened concrete (flow/cohesion and compressive strength) desirable
  • Assessment of mineralogy of inorganic materials (eg: instrumental methods) - or ability to learn this.
  • Chemistry to A level or similar (for simple bench top chemistry/pozzolanicity tests)
  • A first degree in materials science, earth sciences, chemistry, civil engineering degree or similar

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Coventry

  • 656 - 1060 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

  • Bursary plus tuition fees (UK/EU/International)

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