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PhD Studentship: Numerical Modelling of Dynamic Soil-structure Interaction

University of Bath - Architecture and Civil Engineering

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bath
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,777 maintenance stipend, Home/EU tuition fees, training support fee of £1,000 per annum for up to 3.5 years
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 8th January 2019
Closes: 30th April 2019

Supervisor name: Dr Loizos Pelecanos

Email contact: L.Pelecanos@bath.ac.uk

Dynamic soil-structure interaction (SSI) governs the transient response of many critical civil infrastructure and needs to be appropriately modelled when designing such structures. Examples of dynamic SSI include buildings shaken due to earthquakes, pile foundations of offshore structures, railway-induced vibrations etc. Due to the complexity of the problem, normally SSI is modelled by dividing the problem into two distinct sub-domains considering the structure and the ground separately. While this is an efficient modelling approach it may have limitations when it comes to the actual influence between the two distinct domains.

This project aims to develop and apply appropriate numerical tools to treat dynamic SSI in a coupled monolithic way and determine when “uncoupled” procedures can be reliably used. In particular, it will focus on how piled structures (in particular, tall buildings and offshore structures) respond to transient dynamic loads. It will involve numerical analysis with both in-house developed codes and commercial software. Therefore, the suitable candidate should have a strong interest in engineering mechanics, geotechnical/structural modelling and computational analysis. This is currently an active research topic that is expected to lead to a series of publications in top journals and its outcomes can support the broader research area of offshore structures and foundations and earthquake engineering. The student will acquire valuable computational analysis skills and knowledge of an emerging field that are directly relevant to the Industry and may have the chance to interact with practising engineers.

Informal enquiries should be directed Dr Loizos Pelecanos (l.pelecanos@bath.ac.uk)

Formal applications should be made via the University of Bath’s online application form for a PhD in Civil Engineering. Please ensure that you state the full project title and lead supervisor name on the application form.

More information about applying for a PhD at Bath may be found here:

http://www.bath.ac.uk/guides/how-to-apply-for-doctoral-study/

Expected start date: 30th September 2019

Funding

Funding amount: £14,777 maintenance stipend, Home/EU tuition fees, training support fee of £1,000 per annum for up to 3.5 years

Early application is strongly recommended.

Application criteria

The successful applicant will ideally have graduated (or be due to graduate) with an undergraduate Masters first class degree or MSc distinction (or equivalent). English language requirements must be met at the time of application to be considered for funding.

   
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