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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts Heritage & Archaeology (SEAHA) - Scholarship: 'Mortars for controlling moisture problems in damp towers'.

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts Heritage & Archaeology (SEAHA) is pleased to announce that applications are currently open for the following interdisciplinary four-year scholarship:

'Mortars for controlling moisture problems in damp towers'

Overview:
Many historic buildings in exposed locations such as the south west of England suffer from damp problems caused by driving rain which can be complex to manage and solve. Tall buildings or those on elevated sites are particularly vulnerable. English Heritage has already carried out extensive research on these problems in the form of the ‘Damp Towers’ project which provides the starting point for this studentship:

(http://www.englishheritage.org.uk/professional/research/buildings/building-environment/damp-towers/).

The Damp Towers project looked at grouting and rendering as potential solutions, but did not evaluate the potential role of pointing mortars. The overall aim of the studentship is thus to evaluate the best pointing mortar mixtures and placement methods to reduce driving rain damage. The doctoral project will address two broad research questions:

1. How does driving rain interact with different re-pointing mortars?

2. How can we improve knowledge, skills and practice to maximise the performance of good re-pointing mortars?

Application deadline: 16 July 2014
Interviews: 23 July 1014 (at UCL)

Full details can be found in the PDF document attached under 'Related Files' below.

SUBMITTED BY: Selina McCarthy AUTHOR: SEAHA Centre ManagerORIGINAL PUBLISHED DATE: 6/11/2014