ENAC – PhD Position in Earthquake Engineering / Structural Engineering Deformation capacity of unreinforced masonry walls

Under earthquake loading, the deformation capacity of a structural element is as important as the force capacity of the element. Reference values for deformation capacities are determined by means of quasi-static cyclic tests on structural components.

Of all structural materials, unreinforced masonry is known for its often very brittle behaviour. This applies in particular to elements that fail in shear or in a mixed shear-flexural mode. The objective of this PhD study is to investigate the deformation capacity of masonry typologies that are known to have particularly small deformation capacities, such as calcium silicate and hollow core clay brick masonries. We will investigate the deformation capacity experimentally through quasi-static cyclic tests and continue the development of numerical, empirical and mechanical models of such walls.

Your Profile: You have a Master’s Degree in civil or structural engineering. A strong background in structural mechanics and/or finite element analysis is required. Knowledge in earthquake engineering and structural masonry is of advantage but not mandatory. You are proficient in spoken and written English. You have good programming skills in Python or similar. These are required for various aspects of the work (e.g. post-processing of experimental and numerical results).

We offer: We are offering excellent research facilities and a competitive salary. The EPFL offers an outstanding international ecosystem full of training and development opportunities. The PhD student will be enrolled in the Doctoral Program in Civil and Environmental Engineering (EDCE). More information on PhD studies at EPFL can be found here.

Application Procedure: If you are interested in this position, please send your motivation letter, CV, contact details of three referees and all university records as a single pdf-file to Prof. Katrin Beyer ([email protected]). The position is open until filled.