Prof.dr. P.J. (Phil) Vardon

Prof.dr. P.J. (Phil) Vardon



Phil is the Professor of Energy Geo-Mechanics in the Section of Geo-Engineering. He leads the department theme in Geothermal Science and Engineering. His research is into complex coupled processes in geomaterials. He focuses on the impacts on soils / geomaterials of various processes including heat, moisture and contaminant movement, including practical applications such as geothermal energy, slope stability and radioactive waste disposal. He teaches on the undergraduate Soil Mechanics course and the postgraduate Geothermal Energy course.  


  • Geothermal energy systems and field testing
  • Coupled numerical modelling in geomaterials: thermo-hydro-chemical-gas-mechanical
  • Uncertainty reduction in calculating geotechnical reliability
  • Scientific computer programming, including parallel computer algorithms


Current and recent projects include:

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  • 2022-12-1

    Le trophée des Étoiles de l'Europe - Innovation prize

    The Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation in France created the honorary prize entitled "the Stars of Europe". This trophy aims to reward and promote the European commitment of teams of researchers who have distinguished themselves by the success of their projects. The Stars of Europe trophy rewards bringing together and mobilizing the research community to celebrate the successes achieved in Europe.
    The project NARSIS was granted the prize with a special mention for innovation. Vardon was a work package leader in the project.

  • 2020

    NENnovation Award

    The Energy sheet pile wall innovation was awarded to a consortium (CRUX (consortium leader), Gooimeer, Groep Duurzame Energie, TU Delft and TU Eindhoven):

  • 2019-10-4

    Environmental Geotechnics Prize

    For the article 'Energy balance at the soil atmospheric interface'
    ICE Publishing Awards Ceremony

  • 2017

    InterPore Rosette

  • 2016

    Best paper award in Q3 2016 in GĂ©otechnique Letters

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