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Development of novel numerical modelling approaches for evaluation of the response of masonry structures against dynamic loads (ENG1350)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, May 11, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The main aim of this project is to develop novel modelling approaches for evaluation the safety and resilience of masonry structures against dynamic loads such as impact or earthquakes.

A large number of residential and historical structures in UK and around the world are made of masonry. Due to the low tensile strength and brittle response of these materials, masonry structures are particularly vulnerable to natural and man-made hazards. Evaluation of the safety of these structures with the aim of numerical or experimental modelling tools is therefore of critical importance. A range of numerical modelling approaches (from micro- to macro-models) have been developed in the last years for predicting/simulating the response of these structures to those hazards. Discrete element modelling approach is particularly interesting and have received a great recent attention in the last years.

This project will be focusing on this modelling strategy at micro-scale, and proposes modifications to overcome its weaknesses, to develop macro-scale full 3D macro-constitutive laws to be used for numerical simulations at large scale. The developed numerical models will be validated with experimental results at both micro- and macro-scales.

Entry requirements:

We are seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated person with good interpersonal skills and a keen interest in research. You must have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honors degree or a distinction or high merit at MSc level (or international equivalent) in Civil Engineering, Materials science, mathematics or a related subject. Preference will be given to candidates with educational and/or research experience in engineering and materials science. Experience in object-oriented programming (especially with Python or Fortran) would be an advantage, but not essential. The candidate will be expected to have good interpersonal skills.

This studentship is open until filled. Early application is strongly encouraged.

When applying for this studentship, please include the reference number (beginning ENG) within the personal statement section of the application. This will help in ensuring your application is sent directly to the academic advertising the studentship. Please also ensure you submit a covering letter and CV.

Please apply here

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews may also be sent to Dr. Bahman Ghiassi ().

Funding Notes

The PhD position is available from 1st October 2020 (later start dates will also be considered). This project will include the payment of tuition fees as well as a stipend equivalent to RCUK rates (currently at £15,009 p.a. tax free for 2019/20) awarded to the suitable candidate.

Due to funding restrictions, this studentship is open to UK/EU candidates only.

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