School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Sadegh Nadimi

Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering


Dr Sadegh Nadimi is an engineering scientist and Lecturer (Assist. Prof) in the School of Engineering at Newcastle University. He holds a PhD in Geotechnical Engineering from City, University of London and an MSc in Geotechnical Engineering from Newcastle University. Following the award of his doctorate, Sadegh moved to the University of Leeds as Post-doctoral Research Fellow to focus on tribology of particulate solids, working with Prof Mojtaba Ghadiri, FREng and Prof Anne Neville, FREng, FRS.

In 2014, Sadegh was awarded a full University Doctoral Scholarship to study the multiscale nature of soil at London Geotechnical Centrifuge Centre, City University of London, under the supervision of Dr Joana Fonseca and Prof Neil Taylor.  Before his PhD study, he joined an engineering consultancy for two years to supervise geotechnical site investigations.  He was involved in a world-class research project during his MSc at Newcastle University called the Round Robin Tunnel Test (organised by Universities of Cambridge and Napoli Federico II) to predict the centrifuge data by advanced finite element modelling.  He has gained a great deal of experience in repeatedly running large complex nonlinear numerical analyses.  He has been actively engaged in ground engineering research since the second year of his undergraduate course through his tutor’s industrial research work.

Sadegh is committed to advancing fundamental engineering research and teaching.  He is an associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) and has been involved in teaching since 2015. In July 2016, Sadegh was awarded the prize for the best presentation at the Young Geotechnical Engineers Symposium (YGES) organised by the British Geotechnical Association. 

Industrial Experience

2012-2014 Geotechnical Consultant at Barsoo Engineering – involved in site investigation and ground improvement projects

 Membership of Learned Societies

Member of British Geotechnical Association (BGA) since 2011.

Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy (HEA) since 2015.

Member of Institute of Physics (IOP) since 2018.

Member of International Technical Committee of ISSMGE (TC105, TC211, TC306) since 2019.


Sadegh is accepting applications for PhD students.
Sadegh is available for consultancy.
 Research Interests

The research themes are wide ranging, but the main focus is on:

Fundamental characterisation and modelling of geomaterials

Multi-scale modelling of particulate media using Discrete Element Method

Image-based Geotechnics – application of imaging techniques, such as X-ray tomography, PIV, and DIC in particle characterisation, centrifuge modelling, offshore foundation, settlement monitoring, and so on.

Development of contact mechanics models for particles and geo-surfaces – application in foundation design, slope stability, landslide and etc.

Railway Engineering – Sanding in wheel/rail contact tribology, modelling degradation of ballasted track

 Funded Projects

2019-2021 Joint JSPS-Royal Society, International Exchanges 2018 Cost Share - IEC\R3\183026 with collaboration of University of Tokyo - Entitled: The role of particle shape and surface friction on interlocking phenomenon for granular materials. 

2018-2020 Newton Fund, Royal Academy of Engineering, with collaboration of University of Cape Town in South Africa - Entitled: CAPE Partnership – Characterisation Advances in Particle Engineering. 

 Consultancy Projects

2019 - Hewlett-Packard (hp) - Particle characterisation and modelling of metal 3D printing

 Postgraduate Supervision

Current Students

Vasileios Angelidakis (PhD student) Discrete element modelling of polyhedral particles: application to materials with highly angular grains

Cailin Wang (PhD student): X-ray tomography of corrosion products under environmental loading

Jack Collishaw (MSc 2019-20): Modelling fracturing process of sandstone

Ivan Cheung (MSc 2019-20): Modelling friction and abrasion in railway ballast

Nathan Freeman (MSc 2019-20): Numerical modelling of degradation of ballasted rail track

Zac Herrod (MSc 2019-20): Influence of grain shape on the dynamics of hillslope creep and landsliding

Thomas Kunnathu (MSc 2019-20): Surface characterisation of sand particles

Graduated Students

Mark Bradley (MSc 2018-19): An investigation of the effects of backing material on masonry arch bridges

 Esteem Indicators

Sadegh regularly reviews for 10 international journals, such as Géotechnique, Granular Matter, International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences,  International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, Journal of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, and ASCE Journal of Computing in Civil Eng.

Member of Organising Committee of 16th European Symposium on Comminution & Classification (ESCC2019) at Leeds (UK) on 2nd-4th September 2019.

Member of Organising Committee of Powders and Granular Materials Challenges and Future Trends at Montpellier (France) 6th-7th June 2019.


POSTGRADUATE TEACHING                                            
CEG8210 Soil Mechanics and Ground Characterisations (ML* 40%)                                
CEG8211 Ground Engineering Practice and Professional Skills (2%)                                                                                        
CEG8214 Soil Modelling and Numerical Methods (20%)                                              
CEG8215 Foundation Design and Soil Improvement Solutions (40%)  


CEG2201 Geotechnics (ML 100%) 

PROJECT SUPERVISION                                            
CEG8296 MSc Project in Geotechnical Engineering (ML ~3 projects annually)                                            
CEG8297 MSc Project in Engineering Geology (ML ~3 projects annually) 
CEG3099 Individual Project (~3 projects annually)              

* Module Leader