Dr Katerina Tsiampousi is a Senior Lecturer in Geotechnics since 2013, specialising in unsaturated soil mechanics. She completed her undergraduate studies in Civil Engineering at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2005. She joined Imperial College as a post-graduate in the same year, obtaining an MSc in Soil Mechanics in 2006 and a PhD in Geotechnics in 2011. During this period, she participated in the development of the bespoke Finite Element (FE) code ICFEP by developing and implementing new constitutive and soil-water retention models for unsaturated soils. Until 2012 Dr Tsiampousi worked as a Research Associate at Imperial College London, designing and executing 3D FE simulations of structural laboratory tests on a half-scale lining ring made of grey cast iron segments, with the two-fold purpose of guiding the setups for the tests and validating the numerical model (Crossrail Research Project funded by EPSRC, Cross London Rail Links Ltd, London Underground Ltd and Morgan Est plc.) Her PhD and Post-Doc work was presented in the prestigious Rankine Day Seminars in 2013 and 2015, respectively. Dr Tsiampousi continues to conduct numerical and experimental research in the area of unsaturated soils, with applications on Energy Geotechnics and on Environmental Geotechnics.
Areas of expertise:
THM testing and modelling of geo-materials; behaviour of partially saturated media; reliability and risk of geotechnical structures (excavations, tunnels, slopes, foundations); behaviour of natural and cut slopes under seasonal pore water pressure variations.
- A team of Academics led by Professor D G Toll was awarded an EPSRC Standard Grant to study Climate Adaptation Control Technologies for Urban Spaces (CACTUS). Dr Tsiampousi is the Imperial College PI on the project.
- Imperial College is part of the Horizon2020 funded project Mechanical Evolution of Bentonite (BEACON). Dr Tsiampousi is CoI on the project.
et al., 2019, Formulation and application of 3D THM-coupled zero-thickness interface elements, Computers and Geotechnics, Vol:116, ISSN:0266-352X, Pages:1-11
et al., Numerical modelling of time-dependent thermally induced excess pore fluid pressures in a saturated soil, Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering - Asce, ISSN:0733-9410
et al., 2018, A coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical finite element formulation for curved beams in two-dimensions, Computers and Geotechnics, Vol:103, ISSN:0266-352X, Pages:103-114
et al., 2019, Calibration of a double structure constitutive model for unsaturated compacted soils, 7th International Symposium on Deformation Characteristics of Geomaterials (IS-Glasgow 2019), EDP Sciences, Pages:1-6
Mantikos V, Tsiampousi A, Standing JR, 2018, Swelling behaviour of an expansive clay at high suction, 7th International Conference on Unsaturated Soils, UNSAT