Dr Ryan Hoult

Completed PhD student
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Dr Ryan Hoult

Dr Ryan Hoult’s PhD assessed the performance of reinforced concrete walls in response to rare and very rare earthquakes. Completed in 2017, Ryan’s research analysed both rectangular and C-shaped concrete walls to develop a secondary cracking model to predict the potential of cracks forming in these types of walls. Ryan found that the direction of loading and the mode of bending were particularly important for the seismic performance of these sorts of walls.

Ryan is now a Research Fellow at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne University in Switzerland. He leads a project working with South American researchers on mitigating earthquake risk, and has noted that South America and Australia have similar issues in regards to a lack of testing on structures to assess their risk.

His thesis is available here.

Student project

This project assessed the performance of reinforced concrete walls in response to rare and very rare earthquakes. This research firstly reassessed the seismic activities for 500 year and 2500 return period earthquakes in Australia. Using the results of earthquake hazard demand, the performance of existing reinforced concrete walls was assessed in response to these events. Cost effective changes or detailing provisions were recommended from the results.
Supervisory panel:
Seismic assessment and design philosophy of reinforced concrete walls in Australia
29 Jun 2017
The focus of this research is to assess the performance of existing reinforce conrete (RC) wall and...
Ryan Hoult Conference Poster 2016
12 Aug 2016
Poor performance has been exhibited by lightly reinforced concrete walls in past earthquake events...
Seismic Assessment and Design Philosophy of Reinforced Concrete Walls in Australia
18 Aug 2015
The focus of this research is to assess the performance of existing reinforced conrete (RC) wall...
26 Jun 2015
The aim of this research is assess the seismic performance of typical RC walls and cores in...

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