Noor Laham is a PhD candidate within the Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies for Intelligent & Resilient Ocean Engineering specialized in offshore geotechnics. Noor’s background is in experimental soil mechanics to investigate the soil response under cyclic loads over the whole life of offshore renewable infrastructures, in addition to noticeable experience in numerical analysis.
- Effect of cyclic loads on offshore infrastructure foundations for oil & gas and renewable energies.
The specific aim of my PhD research is to study the through life effects of periodic and cyclic loads with intervening consolidation on seabed properties that in turn impact the response of offshore structures founded on or in the seabed, in particular floating wind turbine foundations. My research findings will be brought together into a predictive design methodology to create a Whole Life Geotechnical Design approach.
My research will contribute towards improving design efficiency and design life of ocean infrastructures, contributing towards the transition in renewable energy.
Supervisors are Prof. Susan Gourvenec, Prof. David White, Dr. Katherine Kwa, and Dr. Yusuke Suzuki (external).
Noor graduated with first class honours from the University of Bologna/Italy, in 2020 with a master’s degree in Offshore Engineering.
In 2019, she worked as a research intern at the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems at the University of Western Australia and then as an Erasmus Scholar at the University of Southampton where she extended her knowledge in the field of offshore geotechnical engineering. Subsequently, Noor was offered a PhD position at the University of Southampton in the same field of study. She was awarded a Rayleigh Scholarship in addition to a contribution from the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) and the Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies for Intelligent & Resilient Ocean Engineering to fund her PhD research, which she commenced in 2020.
In 2022, she joined the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute in Oslo as a visiting research student for performing experimental work as a part of her PhD research.
- Telford Premium Prize on Journal Paper entitled: “Episodic simple shear tests to measure strength changes for whole life geotechnical design”.
- Rayleigh Scholarship.
- Erasmus-Scholarship for thesis exchange period at the University of Southampton.