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Geotechnics

A complementary group with expertise in laboratory and field testing, constitutive modelling and numerical analysis, from micromechanical up to continuum approaches.

About

UCL Geotechnics Group is a group of five academic staff with complementary skills and 20 PhD students. The group is highly experienced in advanced equipment for single element testing, micromechanics and particle characterisation, including an inter-particle loading apparatus that is unique in the world. We also have expertise in numerical modelling of soils, using discrete element model (DEM) and continuum approaches for static and dynamic problems, whilst meshfree simulations are used for high strain regimes.

We have wide range of research interests. Current areas of research are: contaminated soils and tailings, soil improvement including the use of waste materials, micromechanics of clays, sands and railway ballast, DEM modelling of piles, discrete modelling of clays, field instrumentation and the use of new technologies to aid asset management.


People

Academic Members

Dr Béatrice Baudet
Dr Helen Cheng
Prof Matthew Coop
Dr Pedro Miguel Vaz Ferreira
Dr Susana Lopez-Querol


Teaching

UCL Geotechnics members are heavily involved in the teaching of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering at all levels of study on the following CEGE and The Bartlett programmes:

  • Engineering (Civil) BEng
  • Engineering (Civil) Meng
  • Engineering & Architecture Design MEng
  • Civil Engineering MSc
  • Earthquake Engineering MSc

Research

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Equipment 

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