Seismic/dynamic behaviour of rubber/sand mixtures as a ground improvement method for the improvement of structural earthquake resistance and enhancement of energy dissipation.
This is a 1 year studentship.
Research team: Dr John McDougall, Dr Daniel Barreto, Dr Marina Miranda
This studentship will provide a bursary of £14,057 p.a. plus Home/EU fees (only) of £4,400 for 1 year.
The Centre for Civil Engineering (CfCE) at Edinburgh Napier University is expanding its research into the use of rubber/sand mixtures to improve the seismic behaviour of structures built in under-developed countries that are prone to earthquakes. CfCE is offering a Masters Degree (Research) studentship position to enable a suitably qualified candidate to join the research team.
For the last few years, CfCE has brought together a group of staff that provides a unique set of expertise/knowledge on the areas related to this project. Members from the geotechnics area are experienced and knowledgeable on numerical modelling, soil dynamics, engineering seismology, ground improvement and advanced laboratory testing.
The project which supports this studentship focuses on the experimental (geomechanical) behaviour of rubber/soil mixtures under various loading conditions, with a particular interest on the effect of different rubber (and soil) particle characteristics on the engineering behaviour of these mixtures. The project which this studentship supports aims to develop new ground improvement methods which can be retro-fitted into existing buildings and structures to enhance their earthquake resistance.
The aims of the proposed work are to:
- Conduct a set of experimental (triaxial) tests to investigate the dynamic properties of rubber/soil mixtures.
- Develop and carry out a new experimental procedure for the experimental testing of different ground improvement alternatives.
- Internationally disseminate the outcomes of the project work.
Interested applicants should:
- Hold a Masters in Geotechnical Engineering, Engineering Geology or equivalent in a related discipline. We will also consider candidates with a good Honours degree (2:1 or above) in Civil engineering or equivalent in related discipline.
- Have experience in the application and interpretation of common soil laboratory testing techniques.
- Be self-motivated, have good practical skills and have good communication skills for regular interaction with the research team.
- Desirably have previous experience working on related projects;