Conventional structural design does not consider soil-structure interaction (SSI). However, in cases of an earthquake, the soil-structure reciprocal motion can have detrimental effects on heavy structures (e.g. high-rise buildings, industrial power plants, etc.) on soft soil. Advanced procedures for evaluating the seismic demand must include the accurate representation of SSI. This research will develop a new strategy where the dynamic behaviour of the soil-structure coupled system will be investigated by using an enhanced finite element method. The aim is to develop a new computational strategy that accounts for both dispersion and attenuation of the seismic waves in the surrounding of the structure.
We are seeking a talented student with strong analytical skills and experience in programming. An understanding of the finite element method would also be beneficial. The successful candidate will have the chance to conduct innovative research with leading researchers in the UK and internationally.
Primary supervisor: Dr Teresa Lombardo
Secondary supervisor: Dr Alessandro Palmeri
Entry requirements for United Kingdom
Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in a relevant subject.
English language requirements
Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.
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How to apply
All applications should be made online and must include a research proposal. Under programme name, select Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering. Please quote the advertised reference number ABCE23/ML1 in your application. To avoid delays in processing your application please ensure that you submit the minimum supporting documents.