School of Civil Engineering

University of Leeds
Leeds, UK
24 Aug 2019
29 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
School of Civil Engineering

Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences

Grade 6, £27,025 to £32,236 per annum

Fixed Term (3 years (grant funding)), Full Time

Do you have extensive experience of brickwork construction and bricklaying skills with a capability to construct very high quality multi-ring square and skew span brick arches and brick bridges? Do you also have experience of general civil engineering construction (concrete placing and pouring, steel reinforcement fixing, formwork construction, placing and compaction of stone and clay fill) gained either in industry or academia?

We are looking for a professional and proactive individual with extensive experience of brickwork construction and some experience of general civil engineering construction to join our brickwork arch bridge research team.

The team will be carrying out a series of cyclic load tests on six complete brick arch bridges constructed on the strong floor of the large-scale testing laboratory at the University of Leeds. Each test will simulate a heavy vehicle (such as a railway locomotive) crossing the bridge. Each bridge will have a span of 3m, will be 3m wide and will have an overall length (including wingwalls and spandrels) of up to 8m. Some of the arches will be skewed, others will be square spans; one of the bridges will have internal spandrels. Each arch will be backfilled with either compacted crushed limestone or clay fill. Further tests will be carried out on a number of other smaller brickwork specimens including smaller arches and walls. Some of these specimens will also be tested under cyclic loading. The cyclic loading will be applied to the bridges through a structural steelwork reaction frame which will be set up over each bridge and will be anchored to the strong floor of the laboratory. The limestone and clay backfill materials will initially be delivered to and stored in concrete blockwork storage bins located outside the laboratory.

Closing date: 15th September 2019

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