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Enhanced finite element analysis of soil-structure dynamic interaction

   School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

  Dr Teresa Lombardo, Dr A Palmeri  Sunday, February 12, 2023  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

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.

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Funding Notes

UK fee
£4,596 full-time degree per annum
International fee
£25,100 full-time degree per annum
Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Fees are reviewed annually and are likely to increase to take into account inflationary pressures.
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