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.
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