School of Computing and Engineering

Compression anchorage lengths

Primary supervisor: Dr Ali Bahadori-Jahromi

Start dates: January, May and September of each academic year

Duration: This is a three-year position.

Research context

Research at the University of West London lives in an ecosystem of interdisciplinary research clusters. This PhD position is based in the School of Computing and Engineering. This research focuses on compression anchorage lengths in reinforced concrete.

IN EN1992-1-1, Eurocode 2, factor α2 = 1.0 for bars in compression anchorage is too onerous especially for starter bars in large bases. There is very little research in this area. Evidence from University of Durham suggests a factor of 0.7 (as for tension anchorage) might be appropriate but this needs verification. Further work is required, especially on large bars and on bends in foundations. There should be benefits from end bearing, bends and confinement in large bases – but none of these is currently allowed. This project would investigate compression anchorage in order to suggest design guidelines. 

Research goal

The research concentrates on understanding bond models and compression transfer. This means testing the anchorage of bars in compression to look at the effect of end bearing, end and edge distances, transverse reinforcement, perhaps transverse flexural compression, welded transverse steel. 

Candidate Profile

Applicants will be expected to hold a good first degree (first or upper second class) and a Masters degree (or equivalent) in Civil or Mechanical Engineering.  Potential candidates should have experience of finite element (FE) simulation.  Confidence in FE packages like ANSYS and LUSAS will be advantageous.

All applicants for whom English is not their first language must also demonstrate their English language proficiency through evidence of IELTS at overall 7 (with 6.5 in all four skills) or by providing access to MA/MSc chapters or published work.

Further Information

For general enquiries about the application process visit the Graduate School pages.

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