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Post-doc position in limit analysis at the University of Sheffield, UK

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Research Associate in Bridge Engineering

University of Sheffield - Faculty of Engineering - Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Are you interested in developing next generation modelling techniques for masonry arch bridges, which continue to form a crucial part of our transport infrastructure?

We have an exciting opportunity based in the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering and the Integrated Civil and Infrastructure Research (ICAIR) Centre at the University of Sheffield for an individual with a passion for applying novel numerical modelling techniques and who is keen to apply their skills to a problem of national significance.

Almost half the bridges carrying railways and regional highways in the UK and many other countries are masonry arches. However, our current understanding of their behaviour is quite limited. In particular, whereas we have traditionally idealised arch bridges in two-dimensions, many aspects of their behaviour can only be captured by modelling them in three-dimensions. There is also evidence that some simple two-dimensional modelling tools may over-predict load carrying capacity. This project seeks to address these interlinked issues, through the development of novel modelling techniques and a multi-level assessment framework designed to ensure that simple modelling tools always provide conservative predictions of load carrying capacity.

You will be responsible for applying fast-running 3D analysis models to soil-filled masonry arch bridges, exploiting novel limit analysis methods such as discontinuity layout optimization (DLO) as appropriate. You will also need to validate model output against experimental and high-fidelity numerical modelling data, overseeing a programme of medium-scale experimental tests being conducted in Sheffield and liaising closely with colleagues generating validation data at partner universities (Leeds and Imperial College London). You will also work with colleagues at partner universities on the development of a multi-level assessment framework.

Closing date:

The closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday, 27th September 2022. 

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