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Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering




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Dr Katerina Tsiampousi is a 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.



Tsiampousi A, Yu J, Standing J, et al., 2017, Behaviour of bolted cast iron joints, Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology, Vol:68, ISSN:0886-7798, Pages:113-129

Tsiampousi A, Smith PGC, Potts DM, 2017, Coupled consolidation in unsaturated soils: An alternative approach to deriving the Governing Equations, Computers and Geotechnics, Vol:84, ISSN:0266-352X, Pages:238-255

Tsiampousi A, Smith PGC, Potts DM, 2017, Coupled consolidation in unsaturated soils: From a conceptual model to applications in boundary value problems, Computers and Geotechnics, Vol:84, ISSN:0266-352X, Pages:256-277

Tsiampousi A, Zdravkovic L, Potts DM, 2017, Numerical study of the effect of soil- atmosphere interaction on the stability and serviceability of cut slopes in London clay, Canadian Geotechnical Journal, Vol:54, ISSN:0008-3674, Pages:405-418


Mantikos V, Ackerley S, Kirkham A, et al., 2016, Investigating soil water retention characteristics at high suctions using relative humidity control, 3rd European Conference on Unsaturated Soils (E-UNSAT), E D P SCIENCES, ISSN:2267-1242

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