Theses in Civil Engineering

Mainly Soils Mainly Structures
Soils and Structures Fluids

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

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OFFSHORE FOUNDATIONS AND STRUCTURES

Piling

Shallow foundations, jack-up units

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IN-SITU TESTING

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UNSATURATED AND GASSY SOILS

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SEDIMENTATION AND CONSOLIDATION OF SOFT CLAYS

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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)

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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

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STRUCTURAL GLASS

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DEPLOYABLE STRUCTURES

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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.

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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

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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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