School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Tom Charlton

Research Associate



I am a Research Associate in Computational Geomechanics, with a background and industrial experience in civil engineering. My research is focused on advanced computational and experimental approaches in energy geomechanics, aiming to help the transition towards a net-zero future. I was awarded a PhD in 2018 for the development of probabilistic methods for analysis and design in offshore geotechnical engineering. I am currently working on multiscale geomechanical characterisation and finite element modelling of shale rocks for energy applications.


PhD Civil Engineering, Newcastle University (2018)

Title: Development of probabilistic methods for analysis and design in offshore geotechnical engineering  

Supervisors: Dr. M. Rouainia and Prof. R. Dawson

Funding: EPSRC CASE studentship with Atkins

MEng (1st Class Hons) Civil Engineering, Newcastle University (2012)

Dissertation title: Numerical simulation of the dynamic response of rubble mound breakwaters using discontinuous deformation analysis (DDA)

Previous positions

Graduate Engineer (Bridges and Civil Structures), Arup (2018-2019)

Postgraduate Demonstrator, Newcastle University (2013-2018)


Graduate member of Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)

Northern Geotechnical Group (NGG)

British Geotechnical Association (BGA)

International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE)

International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM)


Research Interests

My research interests cover a range of topics concerning the engineering of geomaterials for energy applications, including:

  • Numerical analysis
  • Constitutive modelling (development and application)
  • Uncertainty quantification
  • Multiscale mechanical testing (atomic force microscopy, nanoindentation, triaxial) 
  • Micromechanics
  • Geomechanics

Current Project

Impact of hydraulic fracturing in the overburden of shale resource plays: Process-based evaluation (SHAPE-UK)

Funding: NERC (grant number NE/R017840/1)