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.


Membership of Learned Societies

Committee Member of IOP Applied Mechanics Group from 2020 to 2024

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

Member of Institute of Physics (IOP) since 2018

Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy (HEA) since 2015

Member of British Geotechnical Association (BGA) since 2011


Available PhD Opportunities

Improved understanding of geothermal energy through a multiscale modelling approach (collaboration with the University of Glasgow) Link

From energy geostructures to urban heat islands: how subsurface interfaces will respond to temperature variations? (Collaboration with Heriot-Watt University) Link

How soil characteristics affect the efficiency of energy geostructures? (Collaboration with Heriot-Watt University) Link

Research Interests

Multi-scale computational modelling of granular materials

Studying interfacial processes at particle-to-particle and particle-to-structure contacts

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

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


Funded Projects

2019-2021 (PI) 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 (Co-I) Newton Fund, Royal Academy of Engineering, with collaboration of University of Cape Town in South Africa - Entitled: CAPE Partnership – Characterisation Advances in Particle Engineering.

2017-2022 (Co-I) EPSRC, Friction: The Tribology Enigma - EP/R001766/1


Consultancy Projects

2020 - Rail Standard Safety Board (RSSB) - Sand Consist Change for Improved Track Circuit Performance

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


PhD Supervisions

Bin Zhang (funded by CSC) - Granular simulation based on image analysis and particle morphology

Vasileios Angelidakis (funded by Newcastle University) - Discrete element modelling of polyhedral particles: application to materials with highly angular grains

Cailin Wang (University of Leeds) - Determination of thickness and air-void distribution within the iron carbonate layer using X-ray computed tomography


Esteem Indicators

Sadegh regularly reviews for 10 international journals, such as Géotechnique, Granular Matter, Computational Particle Mechanics, 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.

Organising 17th Annual UK Workshop on Geomechanics from Micro to Macro - GM3 (Dec 2020).

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 (Module Leader, contributing 40%)                               

CEG8211 Ground Engineering Practice and Professional Skills (contributing 2%)                                                                                        

CEG8214 Soil Modelling and Numerical Methods (contributing 20%)                                             

CEG8215 Foundation Design and Soil Improvement Solutions (contributing 40%) 

Undergraduate Teaching

CEG2201 Geotechnics (Module Leader, contributing 100%)


Project Supervision

CEG8296 MSc Project in Geotechnical Engineering (Module Leader, supervising ~3 projects annually)                                           

CEG8297 MSc Project in Engineering Geology (Module Leader, supervising ~3 projects annually)

CEG8099 Investigative Research Project (supervising ~1 project annually)

CEG3099 Individual Project (supervising ~2 projects annually)


Current and Previous Master Students

Amy Pritchett (MSc 2020-21): Influence of grain shape on the dynamics of hillslope creep

Jack Welch (MSc 2020-21): Modelling friction and abrasion in railway ballast

Daniel Sultana (MSc 2020-21): Modelling fracturing process using Lattice Element Method

Nina Kemp (MSc 2020-21): How do roots interact with structured soils?

Liam Leung (MEng 2020-21): Influence of particle shape modelling on simulations of two geotechnical tests

Clinton Chou (MEng 2020-21): How soil characteristics affect the efficiency of energy geostrucutres?

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

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

Leung Ka (MSc 2018-19): Numerical modelling of the seismic response of tunnels observed in centrifuge experiments