The University of Strathclyde is seeking applications for a CASE studentship on fast iterative solvers in geomechanics, available with the University of Strathclyde in conjunction with Oasys Ltd.
An EPSRC-funded Industrial Case PhD studentship is available to develop new preconditioned linear solvers for large-scale problems in geotechnical engineering. The project, starting on or after 1st October 2009, is in association with the Industrial Mathematics Knowledge Transfer Network. The research will be undertaken within the Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing group in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Strathclyde, supervised by Dr Alison Ramage. The industrial partner is Oasys Ltd, which is the software house of Arup (a global organisation of consulting engineers, planners and project managers working in all areas of the built environment, infrastructure, transportation, water, vehicle engineering etc).
The student will be part of a continuing project with Dr Charles Augarde, School of Engineering, Durham University, which aims to develop numerical linear algebra techniques that will move geotechnical engineers closer to their goal of carrying out large-scale 3D analyses on a reasonable timescale. The key difficulties met in developing iterative solvers for geomechanics arise from the variety of material models used, and the range of stiffnesses obtained from modelling soil-structure interaction and effects such as yielding. The aim of this research project is to find faster iterative solvers for the complex material models routinely found in geotechnics, and disseminate them widely across the geotechnical community. The new methods will be implemented in SAFE, Oasys' commercial finite element code, which is part of the GEO suite of state-of-the-art software capable of analysing virtually any geotechnical problem. The project will place the student at the forefront of research in iterative solvers, and provide an excellent opportunity to develop skills working at the interface between applied mathematics, engineering and industry.
Applicants should have, or be expecting to obtain in the near future, a first class or good 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent) in mathematics, engineering or a mathematical science. The studentship is available for UK/EU candidates subject to specific eligibility criteria. In addition to the payment of fees (UK/EU) for the duration of each project (3.5 years), each award includes provision for a student maintenance grant at the standard EPSRC rate (£13,290 for the first year of study, the level will be reviewed annually). The student will spend some time working at Oasys' Newcastle upon Tyne office during the period of the award. Details of how to apply can be found on the University website.
Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Alison Ramage tel. no. +44 (0)141 5483801.