Characterization of Pile Driving Induced Ground Motions
Pile installation is a complicated, energy intensive process where codes and regulatory standards provide some guidance, but little is understood about coupling and transmission of pile driving energy into and through the ground in the form of vibrations. These vibrations can cause direct structural damage and damage due to settlement of granular soils.
This project aims to:
- Validate a Finite Element code based on ground vibration monitoring data from full-scale and reduced-scale pile driving tests
- Characterize the pile driving vibration environment
- Develop a formula predicting the energy dissipation into the ground
Applicants should have, or expect to obtain, a 1st class or 2.1 honours degree (or international equivalent) in Civil Engineering, Materials Science, Physics or a related subject. A relevant Master degree in these areas would be advantageous.
If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University's minimum English Language requirements.
Students with experience or a willingness to learn software such as MATLAB, Plaxis and Abaqus are encouraged to apply.
Due to funding restrictions this position is only available for UK or EU candidates.
I welcome enquiries from potential PhD candidates from Home, EU and international countries who are interested in the following research areas: Construction vibrations, Pile dynamics, Geohazard monitoring, Health assessment of aging infrastructure, Modern subsurface characterization, Soil dynamics.