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Geotechnical Engineering and Construction Materials Facilities

The Geotechnical laboratories are equipped with triaxial, direct shear and consolidation testing equipment. An MTS loading system is available for the cyclic or dynamic testing of soils. Computing facilities are available for finite element computations.

The Highway Materials Laboratory is equipped for the characterization of a range of materials such as aggregates, asphalt cements, Portland cements and slags.

There is collaboration on research between Structural and Geotechnical faculty with shared facilities and co-supervision of students.

The focus of research activity within the geotechnical group is computational mechanics. Projects include constitutive modelling of geomaterials, rehabilitation of dams, soil-pipeline interaction, liquefaction of soils during earthquake loading, and soil-structure interaction, including the behaviour of pavement structures to dynamic loading.

The group has also been involved in reasearch dealing with modelling of masonry, reinforced concrete, biomechanics, and industrial processes such as polymer films and behaviour of electrodes in electric arc furnaces.

Professors with Expertise in Geotechnical Engineering and Construction Materials

  • Stan Pietruszczak: Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Mechanics, Biomechanics
  • Dieter F.E. Stolle: Finite Element Modelling/Geomechanics, Highway Materials.
  • Peijun Guo: Geomechanics, geotechnical enginering and finite element applications.