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Numerical Research

PhD students enjoying geotechnical finite element analysis

PhD and researchers Autumn 2017

PhD students

PhD students and researchers in geotechnics: Autumn 2017

laboratory research

Laboratory research

PhD students working in the Bishop lab

PhD students are engaged across all of the main research activities in the Geotechnics Section and enjoy many other oppotunities during their time here.  Our PhD alumni are spread across the world working in both industry and academia.

For  information on current research vacancies, please contact either Dr Stavroula Kontoe or Sue Feller. For more information about the PhD programme, please visit the  For more information about the PhD programme, please visit the Department's postgraduate research pages. This page includes details of fees, what to put into an application, and how to apply. 

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Geotechnics Academic and Teaching Staff A-Z

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 Antonio Carrero

Antonio Carraro

Senior Lecturer, PhD, MSc, BSc
Fundamental soil mechanics; Advanced laboratory testing of soils; Sustainable geomaterials; Intermediate soils; Offshore sediments.
Klementyna Gawecka

Klementyna Gawecka

Teaching Fellow, MEng, PhD, DIC
Geothermal energy systems; THM modelling of geomaterials; Constitutive modelling, Soil-structure interaction.
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 Ghail, Richard

Richard Ghail

Senior Lecturer, PhD
Tectonic Geomorphology London Basin Structure Permafrost fissuring of over-consolidated clays.
 Jardine, Richard

Richard Jardine

Professor of Geomechanics, FREng, MSc, DIC, PhD, FICE, FCGI
Soil Mechanics; Constitutive behaviour; Laboratory & Field experiments; Instrumentation; Geotechnical design; Soft Ground engineering; Deep Foundations; Offshore Geotechnics; Geohazards; Cold Region Geotechnics.
 Stavroula Kontoe

Stavroula Kontoe

Senior Lecturer, MSc, DIC, PhD, CEng, MICE
Site response; Dynamic behaviour of soils and earth structures. 
 James Lawrence

James Lawrence

Senior Lecturer
Upper Cretaceous carbonates (Chalk), geological disposal of radioactive waste, geomechanics, structural geology, petroleum reservoir characterisation, modelling slope instability, coastal recession related to the impact of climate change and weathering of rock.  
 Catherine O'Sullivan

Catherine O'Sullivan

Professor of Particulate Soil Mechanics, PhD, MIEI
Discrete element modelling; Particulate soil mechanics; Micro-computed tomography; Internal erosion; Stress wave propagation; Cyclic soil response; Validation of discrete element models.
 Dave Potts

Dave Potts 

GCG Professor of Geotechnical Engineering, PhD, FREng, CEng, FICE
Application of FEM to geotechnical problems; Geotechnical numerical analysis; Constitutive modelling; Soil-structure interaction.
 Jamie Standing

Jamie Standing

Reader in GeotechnicsPhD, CEng, MICE
Soil-structure interaction; Tunnelling and deep excavations; Field monitoring; Piles; Model testing; Partly saturated soils and residual soils. 
 David Taborda

David Taborda

Senior Lecturer,  DIC, PhD 
Computational geomechanics; Constitutive modelling of soils; Soil dynamics; Cyclic soil behaviour; Soil-Structure interaction; Geothermal energy systems; Thermo-hydro-mechanical behaviour of soils; Optimisation algorithms.
 Katerina Tsiampousi

Katerina Tsiampousi

Lecturer PhD
THM modelling of geo-materials; behaviour of partially saturated media in deep nuclear repositories; reliability and risk of geotechnical structures (excavations, tunnels, slopes, foundations); behaviour of railway embankments under seasonal changes in suction.
 Lidija Zdravkovic

Lidija Zdravkovic

Professor of Computational Geomechanics, DIC, PhD 
Development and application of FEM in geotechnical engineering; Constitutive modelling; Unsaturated soils; THM modelling of geomaterials; Soil-structure interaction; Laboratory testing of soils.
Geotechnics Academics A-Z
Geotechnics Academics A-Z

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Geotechnics Research Students A-Z

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 David Abadias

David Abadias

Started Oct 2014
Numerical analysis of monopiles for offshore wind turbines
Supervised by: Zdravkovic, L.Taborda, D.
Email David
Stewart Agar

Stewart Agar

Started October 2016
DInSAR for Analysis of Ground Deformation in the Rural UK
As part of the CDT in Nuclear Energy
Supervised by: Lawrence, J.AGhail, R.C.
Email Stewart
Sara Bandera

Sara Bandera

Started Oct 2017
Fundamental analysis of the influence of structure on clay behaviour
Supervised by: O'Sullivan, C.; Angioletti-Uberti, S.; Tangney, P. 
Email Sara
Christine Bischoff

Christine Bischoff

Started Oct 2014
Investigating ground movement and its causes in London, UK, using permanent scatterer interferometry
As part of the CDT in Sustainable Civil Engineering
Supervised by: Ghail, R.C., Mason, P.
Email Christine
 Róisín Buckley

Róisín Buckley

Started Oct 2014
Rationalising offshore wind turbine pile design and assurance in difficult ground conditions
Supervised by: Jardine, R.J.Kontoe, S. 
Email Roisin
Shiua Chen

Sihua Chen

Started Oct 2017
Thermo-hydro-mechanical characterisation of London clay
Supervised by: Zdravkovic, L.Carraro, JAH.
Email Sihua
Camelia Dominguez

Camelia Dominguez

Started Oct 2017
Advanced experimental characterisation of offshore sediments subjected to multidirectional loading
Supervised by: Carraro, JAH.Zdravkovic, L.
Justyna Edgar

Justyna Edgar

Started Oct 2016
The origins of Harwich formation
As part of the CDT in Sustainable Civil Engineering

Supervised by: Ghail, R.C.Lawrence, J.A
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Luai Elhusain

Luai Elhusain

Started Jan 2018
Experimental investigation into collapsible soils from Sudan 
Supervised by: Standing, J.R.
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 Giulia Marianna Ghiadistri

Giulia Marianna Ghiadistri

Started Oct 2015
Numerical study of bentonite buffers homogenisation upon re-saturation
Supervised by: Zdravkovic, L.Potts, D.M.Tsiampousi, A.
Email Giulia
 Benjamin Guo

Benjamin Guo 

Started Oct 2016
The re-use and sustainability of flood defences
As part of the CDT in Sustainable Civil Engineering

Supervised by: Zdravkovic, L.Tsiampousi, A.Onof, C.
Email Benjamin
 Hendarto Hendarto

Hendarto Hendarto 

Started Oct 2015
Numerical study of bentonite buffers homogenisation upon re-saturation
Supervised by: Standing, J.R.
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 Hoang Nguyen

Hoang Nguyen

Started February 2016
Micromechanics of shear wave propagation and small-strain stiffness in granular soil
Supervised by: O'Sullivan, C.
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 Andrew Kirkham

Andrew Kirkham

Started Oct 2016
Numerical study of bentonite buffers homogenisation upon re-saturation
Supervised by: Tsiampousi, A.Potts, D.M.
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 Christopher Knight

Christopher Knight

Started Oct 2014
Multiscale analysis of liquefaction phenomena in soils
Supervised by: O'Sullivan, C.
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Ryan Liu

Ryan Liu

Started Oct 2017
Advanced thermo-hydro-mechanical interactions in underground structures
Supervised by: Taborda, D.
Email Ryan
 Tingfa Liu

Tingfa Liu

Started Oct 2014
Advanced laboratory testing of Offshore Wind Turbine foundations under lateral loading
Supervised by: Jardine, R.
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 Vasileios Mantikos

Vasileios Mantikos 

Started Oct 2014
Title to be confirmed
Supervised by:
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 Daniel Martinez Calonge

Daniel Martinez Calonge

Started Oct 2013
Experimental investigation of Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical behaviour of soils
Supervised by: Zdravkovic, L.; Sim, W.W.
Email Daniel
Gosia Mider

Gosia Mider

Started Oct 2017
Understanding geological evolution of chalk cliffs and coastal processes using InSAR
As part of the CDT in Sustainable Civil Engineering
Supervised by: Lawrence, J.AGhail, R.C.
Email Gosia
 Tom Morgan

Tom Morgan

Started Oct 2016
The characteristics, mechanisms and effects of ongoing inversion of the London Basin
As part of the CDT in Sustainable Civil Engineering
Supervised by: Ghail, R.C.
Email Tom
 Santiago Quinteros Araujo

Santiago Quinteros Araujo

Started Oct 2017
Influence of sampling techniques and fabric on sand behaviour
Supervised by: Carraro, JAH.Jardine, R.
Email Santiago
Agustin Ruiz Lopez

Agustin Ruiz Lopez

Started Oct 2017
Development of advanced numerical models for cast iron tunnel linings
Supervised by: Tsiampousi, A.Standing, J.R.
 Eleonora Sailer

Eleonora Sailer

Started Oct 2015
Numerical analysis of thermo-active retaining structures
Supervised by: Taborda, D.Zdravkovic, L.
Email Eleonora
Jennifer Scoular

Jennifer Scoular

Started Oct 2017
Monitoring tunnel induced ground movements using satellite InSAR, verified with traditional surveying
As part of the CDT in Sustainable Civil Engineering
Supervised by: Ghail, R.C.Lawrence, J.A.Mason, P.
Email Jennifer
 Evangelia Skiada

Evangelia Skiada

Started Oct 2014
The consistent incorporation of topography effects into ground motion prediction models
Supervised by: Kontoe, S.; Stafford, P.
Email Evangelia
 Sarah Tallett-Williams

Sarah Tallett-Williams

Started Oct 2013
Site classification for seismic hazard assessment
Supervised by: Fenton, C.H.
Email Sarah
 Emil Ushev

Emil Ushev

Started Jan 2014
Advanced laboratory testing for offshore wind turbine foundations
supervised by: Jardine, R.J.
Email Emil
Ken Vinck

Ken Vinck

Started Oct 2016
Advanced laboratory testing to enable sustainable and cost-effective offshore wind turbine design 
As part of the CDT in Sustainable Civil Engineering

Supervised by: Jardine, R.J.
Email Ken
Ding Zhou

Ding Zhou

Started Oct 2017
Numerical analysis of double-O-tube tunnelling
Supervised by: Zdravkovic, L.
Email Ding
Geotechnics Research Students A-Z
Geotechnics Academics A-Z

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Geotechnics 2010-2017

 

2017

NameTitle and supervisor
Taylor, Howard

Assessing the potential for suffusion in sands using x-ray micro-CT images  O’Sullivan C

 

 

2016

NameTitle and supervisor
Gawecka, K

Numerical analysis of geothermal piles  Taborda D M G, Potts D M

 

 

2015

NameTitle and supervisor
Summersgill, Freya Numerical modelling of stiff clay cut slopes with nonlocal strain regularisation
Supervised by: Kontoe, S.Potts, D.M.
Wan, Siu Pong Field investigation on effect of tunnelling in London Clay
Supervised by: Standing, J.R.Burland, J.B.Potts, D.M.
Han, Bo Hydro-mechanical coupling in numerical analysis of geotechnical structures under multi-directional seismic loading
Supervised by: Zdravkovic, L.Kontoe, S.
Lessi Cheimariou, Angeliki Seismic engineering: consistent representation of ground motion
Supervised by: Kontoe, S.Stafford, P.

2014

NameTitle and supervisor
Alhaj Abdalla, Khalid M.A. Mechanical response of two plastic clay soils from Sudan
Supervised by: Standing, J.R.
Avgerinos, Vasilis Numerical Investigation of tunnelling beneath existing tunnels
Supervised by: Potts, D.M.Standing, J.R.
Huang, Xin Exploring critical-state behaviour using DEM
Supervised by: O'Sullivan, C.Kwok, F. (University of Hong Kong)
Newman, Tim Confined space hypoxia in the Thames Tideway tunnel
Supervised by: Ghail, R.CStanding, J.R.
Ní Bhreasail, Aine An investigation of the micromechanical response of soil to one dimensional compression in varied thermal conditions.
Supervised by: O'Sullivan, C.Fenton, C.H., Lee, P.D. 
O'Donovan, John Micromechanics of Wave Propagation through Granular Material.
Supervised by: O'Sullivan, C. 
Pelecanos, Loizos Seismic performance, analysis and design of earthfill dams
Supervised by: Kontoe, S.O'Sullivan, C. 
Shire, Thomas Micromechanical study of suffusion in soils
Supervised by: O'Sullivan, C., Van Wachem, B.
Yu, Jessica Assessing ground interaction effects and potential damage on existing tunnels before and after new excavation wor
Supervised by:  Standing, J.R.Vollum, R.Potts, D.M.Burland, J.B.
Kimpritis, Thomas The control of column diameter and strength in Jet Grouting processes and the influence of ground conditions (MPhil)
Supervised by: Standing, J.R.

2013

NameTitle and supervisor
Pedro, António M. G. Geotechnical investigation of Ivens shaft in Lisbon
Supervised by: Zdravkovic, L.
Rimoy, Siya, P. Ageing and axial cyclic loading studies of displacement piles in sands
Supervised by: Jardine, R.

2012

NameTitle and supervisor
Brosse, A Study of the anisotropy of three British mudrocks using a hollow cylinder apparatus.
Supervised by: Jardine, R.
Hosseini Kamal, R Experimental study of the geotechnical properties of U.K mudrocks.
Supervised by: Coop, M. Jardine, R.
Shen, C.-K A micromechanical investigation of drained simple shear tests on dense sand using discrete element simulations
Supervised by: O'Sullivan, C.Jardine, R.

2011

NameTitle and supervisor
Wilkinson, Stephen The Microstructure of UK Mudrocks
Supervised by: Fenton, C., Coop, M.
Fonseca, J The evolution of morphology and fabric of a sand during shearing
Supervised by: O'Sullivan, C., Coop, M. 
Giannopoulos, K  Numerical analysis of the re-use of piled roughed foundations.
Supervised by: Zdravkovic, L.Potts, D.M.
Taborda, D  Development of constitutive models for application in soil dynamics.
Supervised by: Zdravkovic, L.Kontoe, S.
Tsiampousi, A  Numerical analysis of slopes in unsaturated soils.
Supervised by: Zdravkovic, L.Potts, D.M.

2010

NameTitle and supervisor
Barreto Gonzalez, Daniel Numerical and experimental investigation into the behaviour of granular materials under generalised stress states
Supervised by: O'Sullivan, C.Zdravkovic, L.
Arango Gaviria, Maria Cristina Ground-Motion Prediction for Subduction-Zone Earthquakes: Insights from South and Central American data
Supervised by: Bommer, J., Strasser, Fleur
Papaspiliou, Myrto-Ioanna On the Incorporation of Site Response in Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analyses
Supervised by: Kontoe, S., Bommer, J.
Cavarretta, Ignazio The influence of particles characteristics on the engineering behaviour of granular materials
Supervised by: Coop, M., O'Sullivan, C.
Cheung, L.-Y.G. Micromechanics of sand production in oil wells
Supervised by: O'Sullivan, C., Coop, M. 
 Schuetz, R Numerical modelling of shotcrete for tunnelling
Supervised by: Potts, D.M.Zdravkovic, L.
 Shipton, B The Mechanics of transitional soils
Supervised by: Coop, M.

Geotechnics 2008-2009

2009

NameTitle and supervisor
Abela, J Blinding struts in cut & cover excavations
Supervised by: Professor D. Potts/Dr R. Vollum/Professor B. A. Izzuddin
Aldama Bustos, G An exploratory study of parameter sensitivity, representation of results and extensions of PSHA: Case Study - United Arab Emirates
Supervised by: Professor J. Bommer
 Barreto Gonzalez, D Numerical and experimental investigation into the behaviour of granular materials under generalised stress states.
Supervised by: Dr C. O'Sullivan/Dr L. Zdravkovic
Cavarretta, I The Influence of Particle Characteristics on the Engineering Behaviour of Granular Materials
Supervised by: Professor M. Coop; Dr C. O'Sullivan
Zolghadr Zadeh Jahromi, H Nonlinear Soil-Structure Interaction 
Supervised by: Professor B. A. Izzuddin; Dr L. Zdravkovic

2008

NameTitle and supervisor
Bodas Freitas, T M Numerical Modelling of the Time Dependent Behaviour of Clays
Supervised by: Professor D. Potts
Zabidi, H Studies of karst in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Supervised by: Dr M. de Freitas

Pre-2008 Information about completed PhD research prior to 2009 may be available from the section but is only available to registered members of the Department. Please contact Sue Feller.

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NATIONAL STUDENT SURVEY

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QS World Universities rankings

  • Subject Ranking. Civil Engineering = 4th (2017); 5th (2016); 4th (2015); 9th (2014); 1st (2013); 6th (2012). 
  • Overall, Imperial was voted 8th best university in the world in this year's QS rankings.

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  • Subject Ranking. Civil, Chemical and other Engineering = 1st (2017); 1st (2016).

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Research assessments

  • REF-14. 47% of research assessed to be 4* (highest rating), 48% assessed to be 3* and 5% assessed as 2*.
  • RAE 2008. 40% of research assessed to be 4* (highest rating), 55% assessed to be 3* and 3% assessed as 2*.