£16,500 University of Surrey 2022 PhD Scholarships in Advanced Fatigue Analysis of Metallic Railway Bridges, UK

Written by David on May 27, 2022

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

  • Country of the Scholarship

    United Kingdom
  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Ph.D. scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    > 12000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

  • Expenses covered

  • Scholarship Contact Details

    University Of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH, United Kingdom. +44 (0)1483 300800  

Large portions of the railway infrastructure were constructed in the late 19th century and the early 20th century in the United Kingdom and in several other nations. Metal railroad bridges are essential components of these networks and must maintain their reliability and usability for the longest period of time possible. Because of this, their owners will be able to replace them at a steady pace while the network continues to function normally and without significant disturbances.


This project’s primary focus is on predicting and avoiding fatigue failure, which is one of the most important components of the performance that such bridges must possess. This project will analyze the existing fatigue assessment methodologies used in the railway industry as well as other engineering industries. The goal of this review is to identify the limitations and inherent uncertainties that arise as a result of the common use of non-standardized design. On the basis of this foundation, the effort will concentrate on a potentially fruitful new method known as the TCD (theory of critical distances). The use of finite element models and engineering analysis will be utilized in the process of developing and verifying this method for a variety of bridge designs and fatigue essential features. The project also includes an experimental program, which consists of small-scale fatigue testing of representative material removed from an actual bridge. This testing will take place concurrently with the desk study. The outcomes of the tests will be utilized to benchmark, verify, and evaluate the analytical and numerical approaches discussed previously, as well as evaluate their capacity for accurate prediction.


The findings of this research will be included straight into the standards that are used in the industry. Close interaction with engineers from Network Rail and Mott MacDonald will take place in order to gain a better understanding of how the work fits within the context of the current practice of asset management and to gain insights into the professional roles that may be pursued following the successful completion of the PhD.

The project will be carried out in one of the best research environments in the UK. This is evidenced by the results of the most recent REF exercise, in which 94 percent of our research was deemed as taking place in an environment conducive to producing world-leading or internationally excellent research in the future. This demonstrates our strong commitment to research culture, infrastructure, and support provision to our researchers. The project will be carried out in one of the top research environments in the UK.

About the Scholarship:

The University of Surrey is located in Guildford, England. Battersea Polytechnic Institute was the first public research institution in the United Kingdom to be established in 1891 as a non-profit organization. In 1956, 10 years after the area began to emphasize science and technology, a “College of Advanced Technology” was formed. Afterwards, Battersea College of Technology was established. As far back as 1962, the college made the decision to move to Guildford. In 1963, the Robbins Report recommended that Battersea College become a full university. In 2016, the institution celebrated its 125th anniversary and was named the finest in the country by the Sunday Times Good University Guide. It has two campuses, Stag Hill and Manor Park, which are not connected. The Manor Park campus was built because the Stag Hill school was too small. This facility is home to both Surrey’s Sports Park and the Veterinary Medicine Program. Nearly 2500 people are employed by the more than 100 companies located in Surrey Research Park, which opened in 1985. Schools and departments in each of the three faculties of the University of Surrey are further subdivided into 22. Health and medical sciences make up the other two colleges of the university. 


Aside from that, the institution has established two pertinent departments to assist the faculties (department of higher education and department of technology-enhanced learning). It was in 2006 that a joint institute was established between the Dongbei University of Finance and Economics (DUFE) and the Surrey International Institute-DUFE (SII-DUFE). A wide range of subjects is covered in the university’s undergraduate and graduate programs so that a wide range of students can benefit from them. Additional physics research courses include, but are not limited to, chemistry, creative writing, clinical psychology, computer science, economics, law, and politics. A wide range of financial aid options are available to international students, including grants and scholarships. Students can also take short courses at the university level to continue their professional growth. The University of Surrey offers a wide range of career opportunities, including research, teaching, administrative and professional services, and technological and experimental research.


The university’s network is largely made up of its alumni, who come from a diverse spectrum of backgrounds. Ann Keen, a Labour MP, and Kay Swinburne, a Conservative MEP, are among the high-profile figures. Other notables include: Hassan Diab (Lebanese Minister of Education), Rilwan Lanre Babalola (Nigeria Cabinet Minister), Tony Attwood (Psychologist), Susan Blackmore (Paranormalist), and Sarah Tan. Behrouz Afagh is another well-known name in this list (BBC executive). There are several educational institutions in Surrey’s natural grandeur, including the top-ranked University of Surrey. In 1891, the Battersea Polytechnic Institute was formed, which later became the University of Surrey. When the Polytechnic Institute was named a college of advanced technology in 1956, its renown soared. Battersea College of Technology was officially renamed in 1957. The College was elevated to university status in 1963, following the recommendations of the Robbins Report. 


Collaborations between Surrey and other universities are many. It is with the Surrey International Institute –DUFE as well as Dongbei University of Finance and Economics in Dalian that this collaborative effort is being carried out (SII-DUFE). There are high-quality programs in business and tourism management. The Guildford School of Acting (GSA), which teaches acting and musical theater, is also affiliated with the school. Aside from that, the school provides a wide range of courses in a variety of subjects like business, management, health sciences, psychology, and more. It’s because of this that students are able to focus on their specific fields of study and succeed. The University of Surrey in the United Kingdom is well-known for its academic prowess. This university has been rated as one of the best in the country in order to entice overseas students. If you’re considering studying abroad, this university offers a wide range of options. A wide range of educational options are available, from undergraduate to graduate to post-graduate research and professional growth. Students from more than 120 countries attend Surrey University. This has resulted in a college with one of the UK’s most varied student populations. Many international students flock to the University because of the solid support system and extensive range of services. The University of Surrey’s sprawling campus is worth an estimated £400 million. More than $130 million will go toward student accommodation, $236 million will go toward improving Surrey Sports Park, and the Ivy Art Center will be receiving $4.5 million.



Scholarship Sponsor(s):  University of Surrey

Scholarship Country: United Kingdom

Scholarship Worth: £16,500 

Study Level: PhD

Nationality: International Students



Scholarship Offer:

The University of Surrey will provide the successful applicants with a stipend of £16,500 per year to cover their living expenses in addition to a three-year studentship that will be partially funded by Network Rail. The studentship will cover academic fees for students from the United Kingdom and the European Union.


Eligibility for Scholarship.

  • In order for the applicants to be considered, they are required to fulfill all of the following and stated criteria:
  • A knowledge of fatigue and fracture in metallic structures, in addition to skills in numerical (FE) modeling of structures and/or MATLAB, is required of the applicants. It is also preferable that they have these skills.



The University of Surrey 2022 PhD Scholarships in Advanced Fatigue Analysis of Metallic Railway Bridges, UK is open to all International Students


These scholarships are given to students in remembrance of the tragic events that occurred in the Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics and its honors students in October 2002. These scholarships were made available through the Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics, as well as gifts from a variety of individuals, including alumni.


Application Procedure

  • Are you interested, and do you qualify? To submit your application to the University of Surrey, please go to www.surrey.ac.uk.
  • All applications must be submitted through the portal designated for the Civil and Environmental Engineering PhD programme. The applicants are required to send a cover letter that includes an explanation of their interest in the project, a curriculum vitae that highlights relevant qualifications and prior expertise in fields that are relevant to the project, transcripts, and the names and contact details of two referees, one of which must be from an individual who has a good knowledge of the applicant’s academic record, particularly in projects and dissertations.


Application Deadline

The application deadline for University of Surrey 2022 PhD Scholarships in Advanced Fatigue Analysis of Metallic Railway Bridges, UK is  June 30, 202


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