Imperial College London

Dr J Antonio H Carraro

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Senior Lecturer in Experimental Geotechnical Engineering



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Dr Antonio Carraro researches Fabric-Sensitive Soil Mechanics and uses Quality Laboratory Testing to improve geotechnical analyses. His research has been sponsored by the American Coal Ash Association, Australian Research Council, BP Exploration & Production, Colorado Dept. of Public Health & Environment, Colorado Dept. of Transportation, Fugro Singapore, GHD, Golder Associates, Knight Piésold, MWH Global, NGI, Rio Tinto, SRK Consulting, Technip UK, Tetra Tech, United States Dept. of Transportation, Woodside Energy and WorleyParsons, among others.

Dr Carraro is Associate Editor of the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering and has served on the editorial boards of Géotechnique and ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering. He is a member of the ISSMGE TC221 Tailings and Mine Wastes Committee and ASTM D18 Committee on Soil and Rock.

Dr Carraro earned a PhD in Civil Engineering from Purdue Univ. in the United States and MSc and BSc degrees in Civil Engineering from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) in Brazil. Prior to joining Imperial, he was Associate Professor at the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems at The Univ. of Western Australia, in Perth (Australia), and in the Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State (United States). Dr Carraro taught several undergraduate and postgraduate classes in Civil and Geotechnical engineering at Purdue and Colorado State universities, in the United States.

Areas of expertise: 

Fabric-sensitive soil mechanics; Quality laboratory testing of soils; Liquefaction and specimen reconstitution of geomaterials particularly tailings, offshore sediments and alluvial soil deposits; Intermediate soils; Sustainable and green geomaterials; Soil stabilisation.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Barnett N, Rahman MM, Karim MR, et al., 2021, Equivalent state theory for sand with non-plastic fine mixtures: A DEM investigation, Geotechnique, Vol:71, ISSN:0016-8505, Pages:423-440

Liu D, O'Sullivan C, Harb Carraro JA, 2021, Influence of particle size distribution on the proportion of stress-transmitting particles and implications for measures of soil state, Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, Vol:147, ISSN:0733-9410, Pages:04020182-1-04020182-14

Mashiri MS, Vinod JS, Sheikh MN, et al., 2018, Shear modulus of sand-tyre chip mixtures, Environmental Geotechnics, Vol:5, ISSN:2051-803X, Pages:336-344

Carraro JAH, Prezzi M, Salgado R, 2009, Shear Strength and Stiffness of Sands Containing Plastic or Nonplastic Fines, Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, Vol:135, ISSN:1090-0241, Pages:1167-1178

Murthy TG, Loukidis D, Carraro JAH, et al., 2007, Undrained monotonic response of clean and silty sands, Geotechnique, Vol:57, ISSN:0016-8505, Pages:273-288

Carraro JAH, Bandini P, Salgado R, 2003, Liquefaction resistance of clean and nonplastic silty sands based on cone penetration resistance, Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, Vol:129, ISSN:1090-0241, Pages:965-976


Carraro JAH, Boukpeti N, Guadalupe-Torres Y, et al., 2018, Laboratory Testing, Encyclopedia of Maritime and Offshore Engineering, Editor(s): Randolph, John Wiley and Sons, Ltd., ISBN:9781118476352


Dominguez-Quintans C, Quinteros VS, Carraro JAH, et al., 2019, Quality assessment of a new in-mould slurry deposition method for triaxial specimen reconstitution of clean and silty sands, 7th International Symposium on Deformation Characteristics of Geomaterials - IS Glasgow 2019

H. Carraro JA, Bortolotto MS, 2015, Stiffness degradation and damping of carbonate and silica sands, Pages:1179-1184

Dunham-Friel J, Carraro JAH, 2014, Effects of compaction effort, inclusion stiffness, and rubber size on the shear strength and stiffness of expansive soil-rubber (ESR) mixtures, Pages:3635-3644, ISSN:0895-0563

Dunham-Friel J, Carraro JAH, 2011, Shear strength and stiffness of Expansive Soil and Rubber (ESR) mixtures in undrained axisymmetric compression, Pages:1111-1120, ISSN:0895-0563

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