PhD Studentship: Geotechnical Engineering: Developing In Situ Stiffness Measurement Techniques For Stiff Soils and Weak Rocks

University of Bath - Architecture & Civil Engineering

Recent field trials have shown that ground water pressure sensors show very small changes in pore water pressure at periodic intervals. These are thought to be due to external loading (e.g. atmospheric loading, moisture loading, and earth tides) and they can be used to determine the stiffness and permeability of subsurface formations.

This project will be used to obtain and interpret groundwater piezometer measurements to determine the elastic properties of soils and weak rocks. Long term piezometer and weather datasets will be compiled and interpreted using linear elasticity theory. The student will develop expertise in engineering geology, field instrumentation, data interpretation and signal processing.

Home/EU awards cover tuition fees, training support fee of £1,000/annum, and stipend of at least £14,553 (17/8 rate) for a duration of 3-3.5 years.

Overseas awards (3 years): Provides tuition fee, £1000 per year Training Support Grant, but no stipend.

Successful applicants will ideally have graduated (or be due to graduate) with an undergraduate Masters first class degree and/or MSc distinction (or overseas equivalent).

Any English language requirements must be met at the time of application.

We welcome applications from self/externally funded students year round.

Preferred start date: 1st October 2018

For an informal discussion about this project, please contact Dr Kevin Briggs on

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