Soil Mechanics

Research in Soil Mechanics focusses on the characterisation, testing and modelling of, and engineering in, problematic soils. Particular attention is paid to:

  • The short and long term behaviour of deltaic soft clays and organic soils such as peat
  • The liquefaction and internal erosion of loose sands and other estuarial deposits, and the behaviour of stiffer clays associated with geological disposal
  • Geomaterials arising from industrial processes
  • The impact of soil heterogeneity on material behaviour and geo-structural response

A feature of this theme is the development of innovative numerical and stochastic techniques, validated by high quality laboratory testing, physical modelling and field data.

Our research topics are:

  1. Heterogeneity and Uncertainty
  2. Soil Behaviour and Constitutive Modeling

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