Imperial College London

Dr David Solans

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Teaching Fellow in Geotechnics



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Dr Solans is a Teaching Fellow in Geotechnics within the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. His area of specialisation is the numerical modelling of geotechnical infrastructure under static and seismic loading conditions. 

After graduating from the University of Chile in 2010 as Civil Engineer, BSc and MSc in Geotechnical Engineering, Dr Solans worked in the industry (IDIEM and Arcadis Chile) for about eight years as a project engineer and geotechnical leader for different projects related to mining geotechnical engineering and underground structures. Dr Solans moved to the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London in 2016 obtaining a MSc in Soil Mechanics and Engineering Seismology and a PhD in Computational Geomechanics in 2023.

Research Areas

  • Soil dynamics and geotechnical earthquake engineering
  • Stability of earth dams and tailings storage facilities (TSF)
  • Geotechnical characterisation of tailings and mine waste materials



Solans D, Kontoe S, Zdravković L, 2023, Comparison of a tailings material and a natural sand in seismic site response analyses, Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Vol:175, ISSN:0267-7261

Solans D, Skiada E, Kontoe S, et al., 2019, Canyon topography effects on ground motion: Assessment of different soil stiffness profiles, Obras Y Proyectos, Vol:25, ISSN:0718-2805, Pages:51-58


Solans D, Kontoe S, Zdravkovic L, Impact of foundation layer characteristics on the seismic response of a tailings dam, 10th European Conference on Numerical Methods in Geotechnical Engineering, International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering

Solans D, Kontoe S, Zdravkovic L, 2022, Comparison of the monotonic and cyclic response of tailings sands with a reference natural sand, 4rth International Conference on Performance-based Design in Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering, Springer

Solans D, Kontoe S, Zdravkovic L, 2019, Monotonic and cyclic response of tailings sands, SECED 2019 Conference: Earthquake risk and engineering towards a resilient world,

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