PhD Studentship – improving dynamic building performance using soil-structure interaction

Reference Code: CI612

Closing Date: 3rd February 2014


Name of the supervisors
Dr Helen Mitrani, School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Dr Sean Wilkinson, School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Dr Mohamed Rouainia, School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences

Duration of the award
Three and a half years

Project description
Dynamic loading can result from many sources, including earthquakes; wind; transport systems and machinery. These loads can be very damaging for buildings if not properly considered in design. For example, the Christchurch earthquake in New Zealand in 2011 resulted in 181 fatalities, approximately 100,000 buildings damaged or destroyed and lasting economic consequences.

The effects of dynamic loading on structures can be mitigated by using energy dissipation devices such as isolators or dampers. These are being adopted more frequently for buildings in seismic zones, to avoid the damage caused by the large deformations resulting from conventional seismic design.

Value of the award and eligibility
This award is available to candidates who meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria. A full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and an c of £13,726 (2014-15).

Person specification
Knowledge of either structural engineering or geotechnics. Applicants should be numerate, have a first-class or upper-second-class Honours degree in civil/structural engineering or suitably related subject and be able to demonstrate an understanding of the dynamic behaviour of soils and structures. Experience of programming and/or numerical modelling would be beneficial. A masters level qualification would be an advantage.

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How to apply

To apply for this post please click on the Apply button below.

You must complete the University’s postgraduate application form selecting ‘PhD School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences – Civil Engineering (Structural)’ as the programme of study. Once you have selected the programme, please insert the studentship/partnership reference number CI612.

Please also send a CV and covering letter, quoting the reference number CI612, to Dr Helen Mitrani (

Further information
For further details, please contact:
Dr Helen Mitrani
School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 222 7099

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