School of Engineering

Material Description

Material Description

We conduct 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 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.

An example of our work is the development of advanced models incorporating destructuration and stress-induced anisotropy of soft soils. Another is the hydro-thermal-mechanical behaviour of concrete with applications to high temperature problems.

Predictive modelling

We also conduct state-of-the-art research into the development of predictive modelling techniques for structural fabrics, textiles and composite materials.

In conducting this work we maintain close links with industry. Several of our models have been adopted into commercial analysis packages, such as Plaxis, Arup, and published guidance such as 'European Design Guide for Tensile Surface Structures' for Tensinet.

Research topics

  • multi-phase flow and coupled multi-field analysis
  • soil modelling
  • slope stability
  • structural textiles and polymeric composites
  • structural optimisation and reliability
  • waste minimisation and reuse

Staff: Material Description

Dr Colin Davie
Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering, Director of Postgraduate Studies

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6458

Dr Gaetano Elia
Visiting Fellow


Professor Stephanie Glendinning
Professor of Civil Engineering

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6612

Professor Peter Gosling
Professor of Computational Structural Mechanics

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6422

Dr Salim Goudarzi
Research Associate


Dr Daniel Green
Research Associate: Sustainable Drainage


Dr Mohamed Rouainia
Reader in Computational Geomechanics

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3608

Dr Vladimir Vinogradov
Lecturer in Structural Mechanics and Materials

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7684

Dr Sean Wilkinson
Reader in Structural Engineering

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8876

Dr Zelong Yu
Research Associate

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4409