Dissertation Structural Engineering

Note 1: some theses may be listed under more than one heading
Note 2: the degree that in other Universities is usually called "Ph.D." is in Oxford called "D.Phil."


REINFORCED SOIL

Unpaved Roads

Other reinforced soil applications

  • Dyer, M.R. (1985) D.Phil. "Observation of the Stress Distribution in Crushed Glass with Applications to Soil Reinforcement"
    abstract | thesis (5.47MB, pdf)
  • Palmeira, E.M. (1987) D.Phil. "The Study of Soil Reinforcement Interaction by Means of Large Scale Laboratory Tests"
    abstract | thesis (13.1MB, pdf)
  • Pedley, M.J. (1990) D.Phil. "The Performance of Soil Reinforcement in Bending and Shear"
    abstract | thesis (18.2MB, pdf)
  • Tei, K. (1993) D.Phil. "A Study of Soil Nailing in Sand"
    abstract | thesis (7.08MB, pdf)
  • Morris, J.D. (1999) D.Phil. "Physical and Numerical Modelling of Grouted Nails in Clay"
    abstract | thesis (7.18MB, pdf)

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OFFSHORE FOUNDATIONS AND STRUCTURES

Piling

  • Gue, S.S. (1984) D.Phil. "Ground Heave Around Driven Piles in Clay"
    abstract | thesis (4.64MB, pdf)
  • Evans, K.M. (1987) D.Phil. "A Model Study of the End Bearing Capacity of Piles in Layered Calcareous Soils"
    abstract | thesis (5.86MB, pdf)
  • Coop, M.R. (1987) D.Phil. "Axial Capacity of Driven Piles in Clay"
    abstract | thesis (7.49MB, pdf)
  • Chaudhry, A.R. (1994) D.Phil. "Static Pile-Soil-Pile Interaction in Offshore Pile Groups"
    abstract | thesis (7.89MB, pdf)
  • Dash, S.R. (2010) D.Phil. "Lateral Pile-Soil Interaction in Liquefiable Soils"
    abstract | thesis (7.34MB, pdf)
  • Beuckelaers, W.J.A.P (2017) D.Phil. "Numerical Modelling of Laterally Loaded Piles for Offshore Wind Turbines"

Shallow foundations, jack-up units

  • de Santa Maria, P.E.L. (1988) D.Phil. "Behaviour of Footings for Offshore Structures under Combined Loads"
    abstract | thesis (5.89MB, pdf)
  • Bell, R.W. (1991) M.Sc. "The Analysis of Offshore Foundations Subjected to Combined Loading"
    abstract | thesis (5.73MB, pdf)
  • Martin, C.M.(1994) D.Phil. "Physical and Numerical Modelling of Offshore Foundations Under Combined Loads"
    abstract | thesis (30.1MB, pdf)
  • Thompson, R.S.G. (1996) D.Phil. "Development of Non-Linear Numerical Models Appropriate for the Analysis of Jack-up Units"
    abstract | thesis (14.4MB, pdf)
  • Ngo Tran, C.L. (1996) D.Phil. "The Analysis of Offshore Foundations Subjected to Combined Loading"
    abstract | thesis (7.68MB, pdf)
  • Mangal, J.K. (1999) D.Phil. "Partially Drained Loading of Shallow Foundations on Sand"
    abstract | thesis (16.2MB, pdf)
  • Cassidy, M.J. (1999) D.Phil. "Non-Linear Analysis of Jack-up Structures Subjected to Random Waves"
    abstract | thesis (3.1MB, pdf)
  • Byrne, B.W. (2000) D.Phil. "Investigations of Suction Caissons in Dense Sand"
    abstract | thesis (8.9MB, pdf)
  • Nguyen-Sy, L. (2005) D.Phil. "The Theoretical Modelling of Circular Shallow Foundation for Offshore Wind Turbines"
    abstract | thesis (5.06Mb, pdf)
  • Villalobos Jara, F.A. (2006) D.Phil. "Model Testing of Foundations for Offshore Wind Turbines"
    abstract | thesis (22.87Mb, pdf)
  • Hazell, E. (2008) D.Phil. "Numerical and Experimental Studies of Shallow Cone Penetration in Clay"
    abstract | thesis (7.16Mb, pdf)
  • Cotter, O. (2009) D.Phil. "The Installation of Suction Cassion Foundations for Offshore Renewable Energy Structures"
    abstract | thesis (18.8Mb, pdf)

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IN-SITU TESTING

  • Coop, M.R. (1987) D.Phil. "Axial Capacity of Driven Piles in Clay"
    abstract | thesis (7.49MB, pdf)
  • May, R.E. (1987) D.Phil. "A Study of the Piezocone Penetrometer in Normally Consolidated Clay"
    abstract | thesis (5.75MB, pdf)
  • Teh, C.I. (1987) D.Phil. "An Analytical Study of the Cone Penetration Test"
    abstract | thesis (6.47MB, pdf)
  • Nyirenda, Z.M. (1990) D.Phil. "Piezocone Studies in Lightly Overconsolidated Soil"
    abstract | thesis (8.97MB, pdf)
  • Schnaid, F. (1990) D.Phil. "A Study of the Cone- pressuremeter Test in Sand"
    abstract | thesis (5.55MB, pdf)
  • Yu, H.S. (1990) D.Phil. "Cavity Expansion Theory and its Application to the Analysis of Pressuremeters"
    abstract | thesis (5.41MB, pdf)
  • Nutt, N.R.F. (1993) D.Phil. "Development of the Cone Pressuremeter"
    abstract | thesis (7.84MB, pdf)
  • Smith, M.G. (1993) D.Phil. "A Laboratory Study of the Marchetti Dilatometer"
    abstract | thesis (7.97MB, pdf)
  • Yao, M. (1996) M.Sc. "A Study of the Effect of Length to Diameter Ratio on the Results of Pressuremeter Tests"
    abstract | thesis (4.46MB, pdf)

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UNSATURATED AND GASSY SOILS

  • Nageswaran, S. (1983) D.Phil. "Effects of Gas Bubbles on the Sea-Bed Behaviour"
    abstract | thesis (6.69MB, pdf)
  • Wheeler, S.J. (1986) D.Phil. "Stress-Strain Behaviour of Soils Containing Gas Bubbles"
    abstract | thesis (9.83MB, pdf)
  • Gardner, T.N. (1988) D.Phil. "The Acoustic Properties of Gassy Soil"
    abstract | thesis (8.07MB, pdf)
  • Thomas, S.D. (1988) D.Phil. "The Consolidation Behaviour of Gassy Soil"
    abstract | thesis (11.0MB, pdf)
  • Sharma, R.S. (1998) D.Phil. "Mechanical Behaviour of Unsaturated Highly Expansive Clays"
    abstract | thesis (15.8MB pdf)

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SEDIMENTATION AND CONSOLIDATION OF SOFT CLAYS

  • Lee, K. (1979) D.Phil. "An Analytical and Experimental Study of Large Strain Consolidation"
    abstract | thesis (7.89MB, pdf)
  • Been, K. (1980) D.Phil. "Stress-Strain Behaviour of a Cohesive Soil Deposited Under Water"
    abstract | thesis (5.37MB, pdf)
  • Elder, D. McG. (1985) D.Phil. "Stress-Strain and Strength Behaviour of Very Soft Soil Sediment"
    abstract | thesis (7.97MB, pdf)
  • Bowden, R.K. (1988) D.Phil. "Compression Behaviour and Shear Strength Characteristics of a Natural Silty Clay Sedimented in the Laboratory"
    abstract | thesis (8.13MB, pdf)
  • Lee, M. (2000) M.Sc. "An Experimental and Analytical Study of Electrokinetic Consolidation"
    abstract | thesis (4.63Mb, pdf)
  • Bartholomeeusen, G. (2003) D.Phil. "Compound Shock Waves and Creep Behaviour in Sediment Beds"
    abstract | thesis (2.33MB, pdf)
  • Lintern, D.G. (2003) D.Phil. "Influences of Flocculation on Bed Properties for Fine-Grained Cohesive Sediment"
    abstract | thesis (14.9MB, pdf)

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TUNNELLING AND TRENCHLESS TECHNOLOGY

Pipejacking and pipebursting

  • Ripley, K.J. (1989) D.Phil. "The Performance of Jacked Pipes"
    abstract | thesis (11.3MB, pdf)
  • Swee, J.L.K. (1991) D.Phil. "Pipebursting: Model Tests"
    abstract
  • Norris, P. (1992) D.Phil. "The Behaviour of Jacked Concrete Pipes During Site Installation"
    abstract | thesis (17MB, pdf)
  • Zhou, J.-Q. (1998) D.Phil. "Numerical Analysis and Laboratory Test of Concrete Jacking Pipes"
    abstract | thesis (48.9MB pdf)
  • Marshall, M.A. (1998) D. Phil. "Pipe-Jacked Tunnelling: Jacking Loads and Ground Movements"
    abstract | thesis (7.37MB pdf)
  • Psomas, S (2001) M.Sc. "Properties of Foam/Sand Mixtures for Tunnelling Applications"
    abstract | thesis (1.64MB pdf)
  • Pena Duarte , M (2007) D.Phil. "Foam as a Soil Conditioner in Tunnelling: Physical and Mechanical Properties of Conditioned Sands"
    abstract | thesis (1.64MB pdf)
  • Schupp, J. (2009) D.Phil. "Upheaval buckling and flotation of buried offshore pipelines"

Tunnelling (general)

  • Chow, L. (1994) M.Sc. "The Prediction of Surface Settlements Due to Tunnelling in Soft Ground"
    abstact | thesis (5.84MB, pdf)
  • Kim, S.-H. (1996) D.Phil. "Model Testing and Analysis of Interactions between Tunnels in Clay"
    abstact | thesis (15.6MB, pdf)
  • Liu Gang (1997) D.Phil. "Numerical Modelling of Damage to Masonry Buildings Due to Tunnelling"
    abstact | thesis (5.51MB, pdf)
  • Augarde, C.E. (1997) D.Phil. "Numerical Modelling of Tunnelling Processes for Assessment of Damage to Buildings"
    abstact | thesis (7.70MB, pdf)
  • Bloodworth, A.G. (2002) D.Phil. "Three-Dimensional Analysis of Tunnelling Effects on Structures to Develop Design Methods"
    abstract | thesis(3.85MB, pdf)
  • Pickhaver, J.A. (2006) D.Phil. "Numerical Modelling of Building Response to Tunnelling"
    abstract | thesis (41MB, pdf)

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FLOW OF GRANULAR MATERIALS

  • Saperstein, L.W. (1967) D.Phil. "The Dynamics of Granular Solids"
    abstract | thesis (5.01MB, pdf)
  • Wilson, J. (1970) D.Phil. "Forces Exerted on Solid Bodies Moving Through Cohesionless Soils"
    abstract

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ENVIRONMENTAL APPLICATIONS

  • Harbottle, M.J. (2003) D.Phil. "The Use of Electrokinetics to Enhance the Degradation of Organic Contaminants in Soils"
    abstract | thesis (2.78MB, pdf)

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CONCRETE

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STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS

  • Thompson, R.S.G. (1996) D.Phil. "Development of Non-Linear Numerical Models Appropriate for the Analysis of Jack-up Units"
    abstract | thesis (14.4MB, pdf)
  • Cassidy, M.J. (1999) D.Phil. "Non-Linear Analysis of Jack-up Structures Subjected to Random Waves"
    abstract | thesis (3.1MB, pdf)
  • Falati, S. (1999) D.Phil. "The contribution of non-structural components to the overall dynamic behaviour of concrete floor slabs"
    abstract | thesis (16MB, pdf)
  • Williams, D.M. (2000) D.Phil. "Numerical Modelling of Real Time Sub-Structure testing "
    abstract | thesis (2.2MB, pdf)
  • Neild, S.A. (2001) D.Phil. "Using Non-Linear Vibration Techniques to Detect Damage in Concrete Bridges"
    abstract | thesis (5.3MB, pdf)
  • Clément, D.E. (2002) D.Phil. "Seismic Analysis of Knee Elements for Steel Frames"
    abstract | thesis (13.9MB, pdf)
  • Grey, M. (2006) M.Sc "Finite Element Seismic Analysis of Guyed Masts "
    abstract | thesis (4.82Mb, pdf)
  • Bonnet, P.A. (2006) D.Phil "The Development of Multi-Axis Real-Time Substructure Testing"
    abstract | thesis (4.98Mb, pdf)
  • Sim, J.H.H. (2006) D.Phil. "Human-Structure Interaction in Cantilever Grandstands"
    abstract | thesis (13.9Mb, pdf)
  • Ehland, A. (2009) D.Phil. "Vibrations of precast and partially prestressed floor systems under moving loads"
    abstract | thesis (15.59Mb, pdf)
  • Ojaghi, M. (Makhzan Ojaghi, S. M.) (2010) D.Phil. "The Development of Real-Time Distributed Hybrid Testing for Earthquake Engineering"
    abstract
  • Nhleko, S. (2011) D.Phil. "Human-induced Lateral Excitation of Assembly Structures"
    abstract | thesis (13.3mb, pdf)
  • Whittle, J. (2011) D.Phil. "Strategic Placement of Viscous Dampers for Seismic Structural Design"
    abstract | thesis (17.1Mb, pdf)
  • Claff, D.E. (2015) D.Phil. "Pedestrian-Induced Lateral Excitation of Footbridges"
    abstract | thesis (8.6mb, pdf)

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STRUCTURAL GLASS

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DEPLOYABLE STRUCTURES

  • Lengyel, A. (2002) D.Phil. "Analogy between Equilibrium of Structures and Compatibility of Mechanisms"
    abstract | thesis (1.17MB, pdf)
  • Chen, Y. (2003) D.Phil. "Design of Structural Mechanisms"
    abstract | thesis (3.55MB, pdf)
  • Kuribayashi, K. (2004) D.Phil. "A Novel Foldable Stent Graft"
    abstract | thesis (76.14MB, pdf)
  • Melin, N. (2004) D.Phil. "Application of Bennett Mechanisms to Long-Span Shelters"
    abstract | thesis (2.53MB, pdf)
  • Ma, J. (2011) D.Phil. "Thin-Walled Tubes with Pre-folded Origami Patterns as Energy Absorption Devices"
    abstract | thesis (3.08mb, pdf)
  • Gattas, J.M. (2013) D.Phil. "Quasi-Static Impact of Foldcore Sandwich Panels"
  • Li, Y. (2016) D.Phil. "Thin-Walled Structures for Energy Absorption"
    abstract
  • Cao, Y. (2017) M.Sc. "Rigid origami of thick panels and deployable membranes"
    abstract & thesis
  • Zhang, B. (2017) D.Phil. "Bistable and Mutli-stable Thin-Walled Structures"
    abstract & thesis

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FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS

A number of other theses make use of Finite Element Analysis, but the following concentrate principally on this area of work.

  • Burd, H.J. (1986) D.Phil. "A Large Displacement Finite Element Analysis of a Reinforced Unpaved Road"
    abstract | thesis (5.45MB, pdf)
  • Teh, C.I. (1987) D.Phil. "An Analytical Study of the Cone Penetration Test"
    abstract | thesis (6.47MB, pdf)
  • Yu, H.S. (1990) D.Phil. "Cavity Expansion Theory and its Application to the Analysis of Pressuremeters"
    abstract | thesis (5.41MB, pdf)
  • Bell, R.W. (1991) M.Sc. "The Analysis of Offshore Foundations Subjected to Combined Loading"
    abstract | thesis (5.73MB, pdf)
  • Brocklehurst, C.J. (1993) D.Phil. "Finite Element Studies of Reinforced and Unreinforced Two-Layer Soil Systems"
    abstract | thesis (8.44MB, pdf)
  • Chaudhry, A.R. (1994) D.Phil. "Static Pile-Soil-Pile Interaction in Offshore Pile Groups"
    abstract | thesis (7.89MB, pdf)
  • Chow, L. (1994) M.Sc. "The Prediction of Surface Settlements Due to Tunnelling in Soft Ground"
    abstract | thesis (5.84MB, pdf)
  • Ngo Tran, C.L. (1996) D.Phil. "The Analysis of Offshore Foundations Subjected to Combined Loading"
    abstract | thesis (7.68MB, pdf)
  • Yao, M. (1996) M.Sc. "A Study of the Effect of Length to Diameter Ratio on the Results of Pressuremeter Tests"
    abstract | thesis (4.46MB, pdf)
  • Liu Gang (1997) D.Phil. "Numerical Modelling of Damage to Masonry Buildings Due to Tunnelling"
    abstract | thesis (5.51MB, pdf)
  • Augarde, C.E. (1997) D.Phil. "Numerical Modelling of Tunnelling Processes for Assessment of Damage to Buildings"
    abstract | thesis (7.70MB, pdf)
  • Zhou, J.-Q. (1998) D.Phil. "Numerical Analysis and Laboratory Test of Concrete Jacking Pipes"
    abstract | thesis (48.9MB pdf)
  • Bloodworth, A.G. (2002) D.Phil. "Three Dimensional Analysis of Tunnelling Effects on Structures to Develop Design Methods"
    abstract | thesis (3.85MB, pdf)
  • Likitlersuang, S. (2003) D.Phil. "A Hyperplasticity Model For Clay Behaviour: An Application To Bangkok Clay"
    Abstract | thesis (6.79MB, pdf)
  • Dong, Y. (2014) D.Phil. "Advanced Finite Element Analysis of Deep Excavation Case Histories"
    Abstract | thesis (9.47MB, pdf)

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DISTINCT ELEMENT MODELLING

  • Boon, C.W. (2013) D.Phil. "Distinct Element Modelling of Jointed Rock Masses: Algorithms and their Verification" Abstract | Thesis (8mb, pdf)
  • Modenese, C. (2013) D.Phil "Numerical Study of the Mechanical Properties of Lunar Soil by the Discrete Element Method" Abstract | Thesis (24.5Mb, pdf)
  • Zhao, T. (2014) D.Phil "Investigation of Landslide-Induced Debris Flows by the DEM and CFD" Abstract | Thesis (6.65Mb, pdf)

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COMPUTATIONAL HYDRAULICS

  • Kaar, E.T. (1991) D.Phil. "Curvilinear Systems Modelling of Pollutant Transport in Shallow Waters"
    abstract
  • Akponasa, G.A. (1992) D.Phil. "Solution of the Contravariant Shallow Water Equations Using Boundary-Fitted Coordinate Systems"
    abstract
  • Greaves, D.M. (1995) D.Phil. "Numerical modelling of laminar separated flows and inviscid steep waves using adaptive hierarchical meshes"
    abstract
  • Saalehi, A. (1996) D.Phil. "Quadtree-based finite element modelling of laminar separated flow past a cylinder"
    abstract
  • Cruz Leon, S. (1997) D.Phil. "Numerical Solution of the Shallow Water Equations on Quadtree Grids"
    abstract
  • Chern, M.-J. (1999) D.Phil. "3-D pseudospectral model of free surface and viscous flows"
  • Park, K.-Y. (1999) D.Phil. "Quadtree grid numerical model of nearshore wave-current interaction"
  • Ohl, C. (1999) D.Phil. "Free surface disturbances and non-linear run-up around offshore structures"
  • Turnbull, M. (1999) D.Phil. "The numerical modelling of steep waves interacting with structures"

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WIND ENGINEERING

  • Gumley, S.J. (1981) D.Phil. "Tubing Systems for the Measurement of Fluctuating Pressures"
    abstract
  • Green, D.W. R. (1983) D.Phil. "A Wind Tunnel Study of Flow Over Hills"
    abstract
  • Rutledge, K.W. (1984) D.Phil. "Wind Tunnel Modelling of Buoyant Plumes"
    abstract
  • Letchford, C.W. (1987) D.Phil. "Pneumatic Averaging and its Application in Wind Engineering"
    abstract
  • Tasker, M.N. (1987) D.Phil. "The Effect of Heat Transfer on the Dispersion of Cold Dense Gases"
    abstract
  • Parkinson, H.G. (1987) D.Phil. "Measurements of Wind Flow Over Models of a Hill"
    abstract
  • Minson, A.J. (1993) D.Phil. "Use of Laser Doppler Anemometer Measurements near Model Buildings to Determine Wind Loading on Building Attachments"
    abstract
  • Marwood, R. (1996) D.Phil. "An Investigation of Conical Roof-Edge Vortices"
    abstract
  • Marshall, B. J. (1999) D.Phil. "Wind Flow Structures and Wind Forces in Forests"
    abstract | thesis (4.02MB, pdf)
  • Nelmes, S.J. (1999) D.Phil. "Design of Shetlerbelts"
    abstract

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Tidal Power

  • Draper, S. (2011) D.Phil. Tidal Stream Energy Extraction in Caostal Basins"
    abstract | Thesis (8.38mb, pdf)
  • McAdam, R. (2011) D.Phil. "Studies into the Technical Feasibility of the Transverse Horizontal Axis Water Turbine"
    abstract | thesis (11.9mb, pdf)
  • Consul, C.A. (2011) D.Phil. "Hydrodynamcis Analysis of a Tidal Cross-Flow Turbine"
    abstract | thesis (30.7mb, pdf)
  • Ferrer, E. (2012) D.Phil. "A high order Discontinuous Galerkin - Fourier incompressible 3D Bavier-Stokes solver with rotating sliding meshes for simulating cross-flow turbines"
    abstract | thesis (19.5Mb, pdf)
  • Belloni, C. (2013) D.Phil. "Hydrodynamics of Ducted and Open-Centre Tidal Turbines"
    abstract | thesis (1.5Mb, pdf)
  • Serhadlioglu, S. (2014) D.Phil. "Tidal Stream Resource Assessment of Anglesey Skerries and the Bristol Channel"
    abstract | thesis (124mb, pdf)
  • Fleming, C.F. (2014) D.Phil. "Tidal Turbine Performance in the Offshore Environment"
    abstract | thesis (17.1mb, pdf)
  • Vogel, C. (2014) D.Phil. "Theoretical Limits to Tidal Stream Energy Extraction"
    abstract | thesis (4.88Mb, pdf)
  • Cooke, S. (2016) D.Phil "Enhanced array design for tidal power generation"
    abstract
  • Gao, C. (2017) M.Sc. "Analysis of storm surge and tidal resonance in the Bristol channel"
    abstract

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Theses from other Universities

The following theses from other Universities are also available:

  • Houlsby, G.T. (1981) Ph.D., Cambridge University "A study of plasticity theories and their applicability to soil"
    abstract | Thesis (Cambridge Univeristy repository)
  • Williams, M.S. (1988) Ph.D., Bristol University "The cutting of unbonded prestressing tendons during demolition"

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