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    Funded PhD studentship in person-structure dynamic interactions on wobbly bridges, University of Exeter, UK.

    As part of the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the University of Exeter, a fully funded PhD studentship to is open to applications.

    Project summary – This PhD studentship will investigate under which conditions and how people walking on oscillating bridge decks perceive motion and interact with vibrating supporting surfaces.
    Contemporary bridges are often sensitive to dynamic loading by pedestrians. People walking over these structures are known to interact with and adapt to the deck vibration, altering the vibration response of the structure in the process. To predict these vibrations and optimise structural design it is necessary to develop models for depicting mechanisms of pedestrian-structure dynamic interaction (PSDI).
    The project will seek to identify the necessary conditions that cause the PSDI to develop, look at kinematics and kinetics of the pedestrian gait during PSDI as well as human subjective feeling about the vibration perceived. The ultimate aim is to develop a reliable model of human locomotion over wobbly bridges and enable better prediction of vibration response of the structure and/or pedestrian’s sensitivity to vibration. Vertical vibrations only will be considered.


    A suitable candidate for this project would have a background in engineering, mathematics, physics, or human movement science graduate with an interest in vibration of structures, biomechanics of human locomotion and/or human response to vibration and who enjoys playing with and mastering use of state-of-the art instrumentation/facilities.
    Click here for more details on the project, and for the link to apply.

    The supervisory team – This project is a collaboration between the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, and Sport & Health Sciences at the University of Exeter. Professor Stana Zivanovic and Dr Genevieve Williams will form an interdisciplinary supervisory team.

    Funding - For successful eligible applicants the studentship comprises:

    · An index-linked stipend for up to 3.5 years full time (currently £14,777 per annum for 2018/19), pro-rata for part-time students.
    · Payment of University tuition fees (UK/EU)

    For specific inquiries and before considering a full application please contact Professor Stana Zivanovic or Dr Genevieve Williams.
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