Joint PhD position opening in Offshore Geotechnics at KULeuven and UCLouvain (Belgium)

Applications are welcomed for a joint PhD position KULeuven-UCLouvain starting October 1, 2021.

The objective of the project is to develop a better understanding of the soil-structure interaction during the installation and operational use of piles installed by vibratory driving for Offshore wind turbines. Semi-analytical and numerical models will be developed and calibrated using cyclic triaxial tests in conditions characteristic for offshore environments. The results of the models will be compared to reduced scale experiments of impact and vibratory driving for the installation and the extraction, but also the mechanical behavior of the pile subjected to cyclic loading under wind and wave loading. The developed methodology will be applied to actual case studies, aiming at a characterization of the soil-pile interaction and providing design guidelines.

To apply and get more detailed information, please see https://www.kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/jobs/60029856?hl=en

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