Development and modelling of innovative devices for the seismic protection of non-structural components in buildings

The aim of the project is to investigate innovative techniques for protecting non-structural components from earthquakes while enhancing the seismic performance of buildings. In particular, the effectiveness of specially shaped rubber joints in the construction of masonry infill walls.

Number of places



Home fee, Stipend


25 July 2018


1 March 2019


3 years


An overall IELTS score of 6.5 with individual scores of 6.0 in each of the four sub-skills: writing, reading, speaking and listening.

You must have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent, in Civil Engineering or a relevant subject. Preference will be given to candidates with educational and/or research experience in Structural Engineering and Earthquake Engineering. Experience conducting both numerical and experimental/field test research would be an advantage, but is not essential. The candidate will be expected to conduct work with industrial partners and should have good interpersonal skills.

Project Details

The investigations will involve extensive numerical analyses of the behaviour of traditional and innovative infill/cladding wall systems, the development of simplified models for describing these elements in the context of the analysis of complex and large buildings, and the definition of design strategies. The use of advanced finite element software such as OpenSees and Abaqus is envisaged, together with the application of structural optimisation techniques, and the development of probabilistic methodologies for the propagation of the uncertainties inherent to the seismic input and structural models.

Further information

The project is in collaboration with TARRC rubber research center: