Dr Colin Davie
Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering

  • Email: colin.davie@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6458
  • Fax: +44 (0) 191 208 5322
  • Address: School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
    Room 1.03
    Drummond Building
    Newcastle University
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 7RU
    UK

Background

Dr Colin Davie joined the School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at Newcastle in 2004 as part of the Geotechnical and Structural Engineering (GEST) Group.  His research interests focus on numerical modelling and computational analysis of concrete exposed to high temperatures (with applications in nuclear power plant structures, fires in tunnels and buildings etc.) and multi-phase behaviour of the ground, concerned with fluid flow, heat transfer, electrical conductivity etc. (with applications in slope stability, ground source energy, rock slope stability etc.).  His area of teaching revolves around geotechnics, geology and rock engineering for civil engineers and engineering geologists.

Qualifications

  • BEng Civil Engineering with Geology (1998)
  • MSc Geotechnical Engineering (1999)
  • Ph.D (Particulate Mechanics Framework for Modelling Multi-Physics Processes in Fracturing Geomaterials) (2002)

Roles and Resposibilities

  • Deputy Group Leader GEST Group
  • Chair of Board of Studies GEST Group

  • Chair of Board of Examiners GEST Group 


Degree Programme Director for:

  • MSc Engineering Geology
  • MSc Geotechnical Engineering

Industrial Experience

Various consultancy work for Magnox, AMEC Power and Process and EDF related to concrete exposed to elevated temperatures in nuclear applications.  Secondments to Scottish Power (1998) and Halcrow Special Structures (2001).

 

Research Interests

Computational analysis and constitutive behaviour of multi-field problems of flow and other forms of conductivity (thermal, electrical etc.) in porous and fractured geomaterials.

  • Fully coupled Hygro-Thermal-Mechanical modelling of concrete exposed to elevated temperatures (with applications in nuclear power plant structures, fires etc.).
  • Coupled modelling of multi-phase fluid flow in the ground (with applications in slope stability, electro-kinetics, ground source energy, etc.)
  • Coupled modelling of thermal behaviour of the ground (with applications in ground source energy, nuclear waste disposal, tunnel fires etc.)
  • Discrete element representations of coupled multi-field problems.
  • Novel applications for porous media modelling schemes.

I am actively recruiting Postgraduate Research Students in all areas of my interest. The projects listed on the School pages are indicative of potential projects but are by no means exhaustive. Please contact me for further discussion.

 

Research Projects and Funding

  • EPSRC Small Equipment Grant - £10k - 2012
  • SAFE Barriers - a Systems Approach For Engineered Barriers - EPSRC/NDA (EP/I036427/1) - £208k (of £1.3m)  (Co-I/NU PI) - Sept 2012 Sept 2016
  • University EPSRC Impact Award - EPSRC - £12k (PI) - 2011
  • An Advanced Numerical Tool for the Prediction and Analysis of Spalling in Concrete Structures Exposed to Combined Thermal and Mechanical Loading - EPSRC (EP/E048935/1) - £201k (PI) - Sept 2007-July 2010
  • Thermo-mechanical behaviour in concrete at high temperatures – EPSRC/Halcrow Group Ltd. (CASE/CAN/06/71) - £20k (PI) - Nov 2006-Nov 2009
  • Management, monitoring and treatment of mine workings - NetworkRail - £63k (Co-I) – Apr 2005-Mar2008
  • Travel Grant – RAEng (PI) - £500 - 2006

Postgradaute Supervision

  • Peter Helm - Void migration in shallow mine workings (Completed 2011)
  • Chris Robson - Thermo-mechanical behaviour in concrete at high temperatures (Completed 2012)
  • Carla-Leanne Washbourne - Engineering soils to create carbon sinks
  • Ross Stirling - Cracking in engineered soils and compacted fills
  • Khalefah Alhumaidah - Spalling in concrete at high temperatures
  • Chris Davies - Investigation of the geotechnical and physico-chemical behaviour of the steel-clay interface in engineered barrier systems for geological disposal of radioactive wastes


Esteem Indicators

  • Member of the Scientific Committee of 3rd International Workshop on Concrete Spalling due to Fire Exposure, Paris, France (2013)
  • Chair and co-organiser NAFEMS seminar on Concrete under Fire: Effects of Heat on Concrete (2011) 
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of 2nd International Workshop on Concrete Spalling due to Fire Exposure, Delft, Netherlands (2011)
  • Invited session chair - European Conference on Computational Mechanics, Paris (2010)
  • Invited presentation - International Workshop on Geoenvironmental Engineering, Wuhan, China (2009)
  • Invited speaker - Structures in Fire Forum, Sheffield University, (2009) 
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of International Workshop on Concrete Spalling due to Fire Exposure, Leipzig, Germany (2009)
  • Member of the RILEM Technical Committee 227-HPB 'Physical Properties and behaviour of High-Performance Concrete at high temperature' (2008-present)
  • Mike Crisfield Prize in Computational Mechanics (2004)
  • Prize for Best Paper in Computational Mechanics (Student)(ACME 2002)
  • Scottish Geotechnical Group Trophy (2001)
  • Prize for Best Paper in Computational Mechanics (Student - Runner-up)(ACME 2001)


Undergraduate Teaching

Basic geotechnics and geology for civil engineers.

Module leader for:

  • CEG1201 Geotechnical Properties of Soils and Rock
  • CEG3004 Sustainable Engineering Systems Design Project
  • CEG3305 Computational Engineering Analysis

Contributions to:

  • CEG3099 Individual Design Project
  • CEG8099 Investigative Research Project 

Postgraduate Teaching

Rock engineering and geotechnics for geotechnical engineers and engineering geologists

Degree Programme Director for:

  • MSc Engineering Geology
  • MSc Geotechnical Engineering

Module leader for:

  • CEG8207 Field Class (Alpes de Haute Provence - France)

Contributions to:

  • CEG8296/8396 Research Methods for Engineers and Project Supervison
  • CEG8208 Geotechnical Design
  • CEG8206 Engineering and Applied Geology