05 March 2021

PhD studentship: Sustainable Steel-Timber Hybrid Structures in Fire

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An exciting opportunity to work on a fully funded industrially supported PhD research project has become available at the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering at the University of Sheffield, in collaboration with OFR Consultants.


Hybrid systems based on steel beams and columns combined structurally with cross-laminated timber (CLT) floors are being used for multi-storey office buildings as a competitive and innovative construction alternative to steel framed buildings with concrete slabs. This new approach to high rise construction offers a number of environmental benefits over the well-established and widely used steel-concrete constructions, such as reducing the embodied carbon impacts. However, there remains a significant barrier preventing the wide adoption of CLT – concerns over the structural fire performance. Over the last few decades, structural fire engineering approaches have been established for steel framed structures with concrete floor slabs. Now there is an urgent need to extend this knowledge and understanding to steel frames with CLT floor slabs.


This project aims to understand the fire performance of steel framed buildings with CLT slabs and to develop structural fire engineering analysis capability for steel and timber hybrid construction.


A fully sponsored PhD studentship is available at the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering at the University of Sheffield, UK. This research work is a joint project between the University of Sheffield and OFR Consultants and the student will undertake placements within OFR Consultants. The supervisory team at Sheffield includes Shan-Shan Huang, Buick Davison and Ian Burgess; Danny Hopkin of OFR Consultants will provide the industrial supervision. 


Application Deadline: 16/04/2021


Academic Supervisors: Dr Shan-Shan HuangProf Buick Davison and Prof Ian Burgess 

Industrial Supervisor: Dr Danny Hopkin, OFR Consultants


Full details of the post available here