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Cyclic capacity of plate anchors in sand

Project Leader: Shiaohuey Chow
Primary Contact: Shiaohuey Chow (
Keywords: civil engineering; geotechnical engineering; knowledge discovery
Disciplines: Infrastructure Engineering

Supervisors: Dr Shiaohuey Chow, Prof Mark Cassidy

The emergence of offshore floating renewable energy devices requires economic anchor solutions for sand. Plate anchors could represent such a solution due to their high efficiency in resisting tensile uplift loading. The monotonic capacity of plate anchors is relatively well investigated in sand. However their performance under realistic and long term offshore environmental or cyclic loading is not well understood. This project aims to investigate the cyclic performance of plate anchors under different cyclic loading and drainage condition in problematic natural sediments such as carbonate sand. The project will be predominantly experimental involving soil element tests and model anchor tests using state-of-the-art centrifuge modelling. The outcomes of the project will be integrated into an accessible design tool to enable better predictability of the anchor cyclic capacity in practice. The project involves travel opportunities where selected element tests will be conducted at the SchmertmannResearch Laboratory, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Oslo and the centrifuge tests to be conducted at the National Geotechnical Centrifuge Facility, the University of Western Australia, Perth.

Successful applicants will be awarded a tax-free stipend ($31,200) and fee offset scholarship (Round 1 closing date 28 August 2020). For information on scholarships and to apply visit here.


  • Bachelor of Civil Engineering (first class honours) or closely related discipline
  • Meet all relevant criteria to gain entry to University of Melbourne PhD program


  • Track-record of high-quality journal publications.
  • Excellent communication skills in both spoken and written English.

To submit your interest to do a PhD on this project, please email your information:

  • Resume
  • Full academic transcripts
  • Details of any published papers
  • Results of English test such as IELTS (if applicable)

to Shiaohuey Chow at