PhD Studentship Available for Project Quadratic Eigenvalue Problems in Structural Analysis

ARUP Tall Buildings

The School of Mathematics invites applications for a 3.5-year PhD studentship in numerical linear algebra. The project is due to commence in September 2014 and is funded jointly by EPSRC and Arup, a global engineering company with offices in Manchester and London.

The aim of the project is to develop algorithms and software for the numerical solution of quadratic eigenvalue problems arising in the analysis of structures such as as buildings and bridges. Dynamic analysis based on solution of eigenproblems has become an increasingly import aspect of structural design, particularly in seismic regions. As buildings become taller it becomes necessary to consider damping, which leads to quadratic eigenvalue problems as opposed to the standard linear problems. The project will build on recent developments in quadratic eigenvalue problems in Manchester and elsewhere in order to provide new and improved techniques that can be used by Arup engineers worldwide for performing static, dynamic and buckling analysis of structures.

The studentship covers UK/EU tuition fees, research expenses and provides an annual tax-free stipend at UK Research Council rates (£13,863pa in 2014/15) plus a supplement of £2,500pa. The studentship is open to EU nationals subject to a UK residency requirement.

The successful candidate will be based within the School of Mathematics, University of Manchester but will also be required to make regular visits to the Arup offices. The candidate will be expected to undertake a minimum of 100 hours of broadening training during their PhD, which will be provided via courses within the School and the Mathematics Access Grid (MAGIC).

For more information please contact Professor Nick Higham or Professor Françoise Tisseur , who are the joint academic advisors on the project. The industrial supervisor at Arup is Dr Stephen Hendry.

Please use the usual procedure to apply and attach a CV to your application. Make sure that you state the name of the project within the research proposal section, and mention Professors Higham and Tisseur as supervisors.

If you already have an offer with the school and you are interested in this particular project please do not hesitate to get in touch with Professors Higham and Tisseur for further discussion.

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