MSE Research Project Database

Soil-structure interaction framework for plate anchors in sand under cyclic loading


Project Leader: Shiaohuey Chow
Collaborators: Associate Professor Yinghui Tian (University of Melbourne), Assistant Professor Dr George Anoyatis (KU Leuven) Assistant Professor Dr Stijn Francois (KU Leuven)
Primary Contact: Shiaohuey Chow (shiaohuey.chow@unimelb.edu.au)
Keywords: civil engineering; geotechnical engineering; knowledge discovery
Disciplines: Infrastructure Engineering
Domains:

This is a joint PhD project based at The University of Melbourne with a minimum 12 month stay at KU Leuven.

Project description

The emergence of offshore floating renewable energy devices requires economic anchoring solutions. Plate anchors could represent such a solution due to their high efficiency in resisting tensile uplift loading. While the monotonic capacity of plate anchors embedded in sands is relatively well investigated, their performance under more realistic long term offshore environmental (cyclic) loading is not well understood. In particular, there is limited numerical capability in modelling cyclic capacity of plate anchors in sand.

This joint UoM-KUL project aims to investigate the performance of plate anchors subjected to cyclic loading in sand using numerical and physical modelling.The specific objectives of this project are to:

  1. Develop a novel 2D finite element model to predict the response of soil-anchor systems under vertical cyclic loading;
  2. Generate a laboratory soil element test database for the soil model parameter calibration and performance verification purpose; and
  3. Investigate cyclic soil-plate anchor interaction by means of laboratory model anchor parametric study in sand.

The outcomes of the project will be integrated into an accessible design tool to enable better predictability of anchors cyclic capacity in engineering practice. The successful candidate will be primarily based at UoM to conduct the experimental studies and will spend a period of 12 months at KUL for the implementation of the numerical model.

The project will be complemented by the project on Soil-structure interaction framework for monopiles in sand under cyclic loading and the collaboration will ensure a successful completion of the project.

 

Supervision team:

Principal Investigators (PIs)

Dr Shiao Huey Chow (The University of Melbourne)
Assistant Professor Dr George Anoyatis (KU Leuven)

Co-Principal Investigators (co-PIs)

Associate Professor Yinghui Tian (The University of Melbourne)
Assistant Professor Dr Stijn Francois (KU Leuven)

 

ESSENTIAL

  • Master of Civil Engineering (geotechnical engineering); or Bachelor of Civil Engineering (first class honours) or closely related discipline
  • Meet all relevant criteria to gain entry to the University of Melbourne and KU Leuven PhD program

DESIRABLE

  • High-quality journal publications.
  • Excellent communication skills in both spoken and written English.

To submit your interest, please email your:

  • Resume
  • Full academic transcripts
  • Details of any published papers
  • English test, eg, IELTS (if applicable)

to Shiaohuey Chow at shiaohuey.chow@unimelb.edu.au

Further information: https://research.unimelb.edu.au/graduate-research/your-research-options/international-joint-phd-opportunities https://study.unimelb.edu.au/find/courses/graduate/doctor-of-philosophy-engineering-and-it/fees/