The GEST Group conducts significant work in the development of constitutive and material models for saturated and unsaturated geo-materials and for textile and polymeric composites. This work is informed by our laboratory testing capabilities and complements very well our expertise in Numerical Simulation.
In the field of coupled and uncoupled modelling of saturated and unsaturated geomaterials, we conduct fundamental research into the development of constitutive models. Examples of our work include the development of advanced models incorporating destructuration and stress induced anisotropy of soft soils and hydro-thermal-mechanical behaviour of concrete with applications to high temperature problems.
We also conducted state-of-the-art research in the development of predictive modelling techniques for structural fabrics, textiles and composite materials.
In conducting this work we also maintain close links with industry and several of our models have been adopted into commercial analysis packages (e.g. Plaxis, Arup and published guidance (e.g. “European Design Guide for Tensile Surface Structures”- Tensinet).
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