Geotechnical Engineering Group

Department of Civil & Structural Engineering

Mr Steven Bayton

Postgraduate Research Student


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


Steven joined the Geotechnical Engineering Group as a PhD researcher after a year working as a Graduate Civil Engineer within the Rivers and Coastal department of Atkins. Steven graduated from the University of Sheffield the previous year in 2013 with an MEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering with a Modern Language (French).

Steven's research is focussed on the foundations for offshore renewable energy devices, namely offshore wind turbines. The main aim of Steven's research is to explore the effects of long term cyclic loading on large diameter monopile foundations to be deployed across modern offshore wind farm installations, with the help of the department's new 4m diameter 50g-ton geotechnical beam centrifuge facility.

Recent activities and achievements

SET Awards Civil Engineering Graduate of the Year 2013

Mappin Medal for greatest distinction shown by a graduating MEng student at the University of Sheffield

Betchel Prize for the best final year individual project

Broadbent Prize for the best research paper on centrifuge modelling

Sir Harold West Award for academic and personal promise in Year 1 Civil Engineering


MEng Civil Engineering with a Modern Language

Research project(s)

Automatic sand pluviator

Automatic sand pluviator
The project consisted of automating a sand pouring process by reengineering a cartesian robot into a automated pluviator. The robot consisted of a four degrees of freedom where there are three linear movement in X, Y and Z axes and there is rotational movement mounted over the Z axis. The...