Computational Mechanics and Design Group

Department of Civil & Structural Engineering

Dr Samuel Hawksbee

Research Associate

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Department of Civil and Structural Engineering Sir Frederick Mappin Building Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD


Samuel Hawksbee graduated with a first class honours degree (MEng) in Civil and Structural Engineering from the University of Sheffield in 2007. Following a brief period with consultant Mott MacDonald, he returned in 2009 to the University of Sheffield.  In 2013, he completed his PhD thesis entitled 3D ultimate limit state analysis using discontinuity layout optimization. He is currently a Research Associate.

His primary research interests are in plastic and limit analysis. In particular, their application to geotechnical and soil-structure interaction problems.


PhD, 3D ultimate limit state analysis using discontinuity layout optimization, University of Sheffield, 2013
MEng, Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Sheffield, 2007

Research project(s)

Ultimate and permissible limit state behaviour of soil-filled masonry arch bridges

Masonry arch bridges form a vital part of the UK railway and highway infrastructures. These bridges typically contain soil backfill, which contributes significantly to their overall load-carrying capacity. This project aims to improve understanding of soil-arch interaction in masonry arch bridges under both static and cyclic loading regimes. This joint...


(2013). Application of discontinuity layout optimization to three-dimensional plasticity problems. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 469 (2155), (Full Text)., Abstract: A new three-dimensional limit analysis formulation that uses the recently developed discontinuity layout optimization (DLO) procedure is described. With DLO, limit analysis problems are formulated purely in terms of discontinuities, which take the form of polygons when three-dimensional problems...