FEIT Research Project Database

Sustained and cyclic load behaviour of an integrated anchor and chain system

Project Leader: Yinghui Tian
Primary Contact: Yinghui Tian (yinghui.tian@unimelb.edu.au)
Keywords: civil engineering; civil infrastructure; geotechnical engineering; renewable energy
Disciplines: Infrastructure Engineering

Supervisors: Assoc Prof Yinghui Tian, Prof Mark Cassidy

This project is funded by the ARC Future Fellowship scheme and will address three scientific questions:

  1. The sustained and cyclic capacity of plate anchor and mooring chain
  2. The load sharing and dispensation of an anchoring system
  3. The resilience of the anchoring system under storm loading.

Two PhD students are being recruited.

PhD 1 will focus on experimental modelling including:

  • Centrifuge modelling of anchors and chains
  • 1g experimental modelling to investigate the performance of an entire anchoring system
  • Large-scaled water basin testing to provide full demonstration of an anchoring system.

PhD 2 will concentrate on the numerical modelling by:

  • Simulating anchor-soil interaction and chain link behaviour
  • Developing an integrated numerical modelling package to realise modelling of an entire anchoring system
  • Performing a comprehensive parametric study in a systematic way to assess the entire anchoring system response.

This project involves travel opportunities where centrifuge tests to be conducted at the National Geotechnical Centrifuge Facility, the University of Western Australia, Perth and large basin tests in China.

Successful applicants will be awarded a tax-free stipend ($31,200) and fee offset scholarship. Information on scholarships and how to apply.


  • 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 PhD program


  • 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 Yinghui Tian at yinghui.tian@unimelb.edu.au.