Research Studentship in Development of a Practical Soil Constitutive Model Suitable for the Design of Offshore Wind Turbine
Foundations in Sand, Considering Cyclic Loading – Laboratory Testing
4-year DPhil (or DEng) studentship starting October 2020
The successful applicant will work on a collaborative research project involving Fugro and the University of Oxford, and will join the EPSRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Wind and Marine Energy Systems and Structures (WAMESS CDT). Fugro (https://www.fugro.com/
) are the world’s leading geo-data specialist, collecting and analysing comprehensive information about the Earth and the structures built upon it.
The overall project aims to develop a practical constitutive model for sand that can be used for the analysis and design of offshore wind turbine foundations subjected to cyclic wind and wave loading. This work will build upon a substantial research effort previously undertaken by Fugro and the University of Oxford.
This studentship (Laboratory Testing) will involve performing and interpreting advanced cyclic laboratory tests (e.g. cyclic triaxial and/or cyclic simple shear tests) on sand. It will explore how cyclic element test results may be used to inform the development and calibration of modern constitutive models for use in numerical analysis. Candidates with demonstrable practical engineering skills and/or a background in geotechnical laboratory testing are sought.
A second studentship (Numerical Analysis) will run in parallel and will focus on developing, implementing and testing a constitutive model suitable for predicting the behaviour of offshore wind turbine foundations installed in sand.
The successful applicant will benefit from close interaction with a strong team of industry experts based at Fugro’s offices in Wallingford, UK. He/she will also be a member of the WAMESS CDT, which is a collaboration between the Universities of Strathclyde, Oxford and Edinburgh. Further details of the WAMESS CDT programme can be found on the course page (https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/graduate/courses/dphil-wind-marine-energy-systems-structures?wssl=1
) on the University’s graduate admissions website. The CDT is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, and is keen to attract applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds.
Prospective candidates will be judged according to how well they meet the following criteria:
• A first class, or strong upper second class, honours degree in civil engineering or a related discipline
• Excellent mathematical and computational skills
• Ability to undertake scientific programming (e.g. in Matlab, Python, Fortran or C/C++)
• Appreciation of design methods for offshore foundations
• Enthusiasm to undertake the research required for a doctorate
• Excellent written and spoken English communication skills
• Excellent record of academic and/or professional achievement
Informal enquiries are encouraged and should be addressed to Professor Chris Martin ([email protected]
) and Dr Brian Sheil ([email protected]
). Please quote 20WAMESS_CM2 in all correspondence.
Formal applications are to be made using the online Graduate Application Form that is accessible through the WAMESS CDT course page (click the “Apply” button on the “How to Apply” tab). When filling out the fields of the Graduate Application Form, please observe the following guidance.
On the “Course” tab:
• Proposed field and title of research project: Development of a Practical Soil Constitutive Model Suitable for the Design of Offshore Wind Turbine Foundations in Sand, Considering Cyclic Loading – Laboratory Testing
On the “Funding” tab:
• Are you applying for an advertised studentship competition(s): Yes
• Advertised reference code: 20WAMESS_CM2
Application deadline: 24 January 2020
Start date: 1 October 2020