Portrait of Dr Samuel Hawksbee Dr Samuel Hawksbee

s.j.hawksbee@hud.ac.uk | 01484 471076


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. Following his PhD, Samuel continued at the University of Sheffield, working on EPSRC and TSB funded projects studying masonry arch bridges. In 2014, he joined the Institute of Rail Research at the University of Huddersfield as Research Associate.

Research and Scholarship

Research interests include the interactions between the track and the underlying subsoil and structures. Additionally, Samuel maintains an interests in numerical plastic analysis and masonry arch bridges.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Hawksbee, S., Smith, C. and Gilbert, M. (2013) ‘Application of discontinuity layout optimization to three-dimensional plasticity problemsProceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences , 469 (2155), pp. 20130009-20130009. ISSN 1364-5021

Conference Item

Marsilla, M., Iwnicki, S., Bruni, S., Berg, M., Cervello, S., Hecht, M., Demadonna, A., Hawksbee, S. and Baumgartel, Y. (2017) ‘Design of a novel, low impact bogie for a freight locomotive’. In: Transport Research Arena 2018, 16/04/2018 - 19/04/2018, Vienna, Austria

Research Degree Supervision

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