PhD Scholarship in Penetration Tests in Unsaturated Soils and Penetrometer Development and Optimisation

Undertake research to develop a new dynamic penetrometer and calibrate the penetrometer characteristics for different soil profiles.

We seek a PhD student to work on a project entitled 'Penetration Tests in Unsaturated Soils and Penetrometer Development and Optimisation', which is a sub-project of ARC DP200100549.

This scholarship will support a PhD student in undertaking research in the following areas:

  • Developing a new dynamic penetrometer
  • Calibrating the penetrometer characteristics for different soil profiles
  • Providing an empirical database for dynamic penetration problems.

$28,106 per annum (3 years, funded by ARC).

Applicants who are graduates with a research Masters (or equivalent) in experimental and/or analytical work with a civil engineering background are invited to apply. Previous experience in geotechnical engineering and related aspects are highly regarded.

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • Provide evidence of good oral and written communication skills
  • International candidates with a proven background in the specific topic of the scholarship can be evaluated.

Prospective candidates are required to meet the program entry requirements for Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) at RMIT University.

To apply, please submit the following documents to Associate Professor Annan Zhou, PhD (Geomechanics and Geotechnical Engineering) via annan.zhou@rmit.edu.au

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Relevant publications
  • Expression of interest (one page).

Prospective candidates will be required to submit an application for admission to the PhD Civil Engineering (DR219) program as per instructions available on the School of Engineering website.

Scholarship applications will only be successful if prospective candidates are provided with an offer for admission.

Applications are open now.

Applications will close when a candidate is selected.

Project goals:

  • Develop a new dynamic penetrometer to conduct penetration tests into different types of soils including marine deposits, soft clays, and loose sands with different water contents and porosities
  • Calibrate the penetrometer characteristics for different soil profiles extracted from the standard laboratory tests (like triaxial), and validate the results predicted by computational software
  • Provide an empirical database for dynamic penetration problems, a guideline for optimising the penetrometer parameters (like shapes, masses, sizes, penetration angles, and initial impact velocity) with given soil types and conditions (like water contents and porosities), and invaluable data for validation of the numerical algorithms.

The PhD candidate will be supervised by Associate Professor Annan Zhou, Associate Professor Majid Nazem and Dr. Sara Moridpour.

This scholarship will be governed by RMIT University's Research Scholarship Terms and Conditions.

Associate Professor Annan Zhou, PhD (Geomechanics and Geotechnical Engineering) via annan.zhou@rmit.edu.au

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