PhD Studentship: Characterisation of Pile Driving Induced Ground Motions

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Nottingham, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 24 Apr 2023

Location: UK Other

Project description

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
  • Supplement the existing data with experimental testing to be conducted at the Nottingham Centre for Geomechanics’ centrifuge
  • Characterise the pile driving vibration environment
  • Develop a formula predicting the energy dissipation into the ground

Application details

The position is available to start in October 2023.

Duration: 3 years

Closing date: open until filled


Eligible for home and international students.

Applicants should have, or expect to obtain, a 1st class or 2.1 honours degree in Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science or a related subject. A relevant MSc 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 .

How to apply

Informal contact can be sent to Dr Athina Grizi ( ) before submitting an online application. Please send a cover letter and a copy of your CV with your up to date relevant experience. 

Online application can be made via . Please quote the studentship reference and Dr Athina Grizi. 

When applying for this studentship, please include the reference number (beginning ENG) within the personal statement section of the application. This will help in ensuring your application is sent directly to the academic advertising the studentship.

Contact details: Dr. Athina Grizi


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