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Development and modelling of innovative devices for the seismic protection of non-structural components in buildings

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, March 01, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The aim of the project is to investigate innovative techniques for protecting non-structural components from earthquakes while enhancing the seismic performance of buildings. In particular, experimental and numerical investigations will be carried out to assess the effectiveness of specially shaped rubber joints in the construction of masonry infill walls.
The investigations will involve extensive numerical analyses of the behaviour of traditional and innovative infill/cladding wall systems, the development of simplified models for describing these elements in the context of the analysis of complex and large buildings, and the definition of design strategies. The use of advanced finite element software such as OpenSees and Abaqus is envisaged, together with the application of structural optimisation techniques, and the development of probabilistic methodologies for the propagation of the uncertainties inherent to the seismic input and structural models.
Experiential tests will also be conducted on reinforced concrete frames equipped with masonry infill walls, and the test results will be used to test the accuracy of the proposed modelling strategies.
The project is in collaboration with TARRC rubber research centre:

Funding Notes

You must have, or expect to achieve, a minimum 2:1 honours degree or equivalent, in Civil Engineering or a relevant subject. Preference will be given to candidates with educational and/or research experience in Structural Engineering and Earthquake Engineering. Experience conducting both numerical and experimental/field test research would be an advantage.. The candidate will be expected to conduct work with industrial partners and should have good interpersonal skills. An overall score of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required, with individual scores of 6.0 in each of the sub-skills.
Funding for both tuition fees and annual living expenses available to EU citizens.

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