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School of Engineering and Computing Sciences (ECS)

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Professor Charles Augarde, BSc MSc DPhil CEng FICE

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42504
Room number: E375 (Higginson)
Member of the Durham X-ray Centre

Contact Professor Charles Augarde (email at charles.augarde@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

Personal webpage

Charles Augarde is a Professor of Civil Engineering in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences and also Head of the Mechanics Research Group in the School. 

After graduating in Engineering from Lancaster University he spent six years in industry, working for Manchester City Engineer's Dept on road, bridge and sewer design and construction, achieving Chartered Engineer (CEng) status in 1992. He then studied for an MSc in Structural Engineering at Heriot-Watt University (1993) and a DPhil (=PhD) at Oxford University (1997), where he was also a College Lecturer at Keble College. After his DPhil and a brief period as a lecturer at the University of Westminster he returned to Oxford as a Departmental Lecturer in Engineering Science (1997-2001) and a College Lecturer at St Anne's College. Charles joined Durham in 2001 as a Lecturer, was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2007, Reader in 2011 and Professor in 2013.

Research and Teaching

Charles's main research interest is numerical modelling of geotechnical and structural engineering problems using finite element, meshless and scaled boundary methods, examining ways to improve efficiency and accuracy also working with mathematicians on iterative solvers for numerical modelling in a variety of engineering problems. Charles also carries out research in unsaturated soil mechanics particularly sustainable earthen construction materials, such as "rammed earth", and has collaborative links with archaeologists concerned with the conservation of heritage earth structures. Funding received from EPSRC in 2013 has allowed us to move into x-ray CT for engineering materials and full details of the service (which Charles manages) are here.

Charles is on the Editorial Board for the international journals Computers and Geotechnics, Geotechnique LettersTheoretical & Applied Fracture Mechanics and a new journal Undergraound Space, and is a past member of the Geotechnique Advisory Panel. Charles is President of the UK Association for Computational Mechanics (UKACM) and a member of committes TC103 and TC301 of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE). For more information on these topics go to his personal webpage.

In the School Charles teaches mechanics of materials at L1, structural analysis in L3 and structural design, and plates and shells in L4. 

International Collaboration

  • Dr Daniela Ciancio, University of Western Australia
  • Professor Scott Sloan, University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia
  • Professor Yongchang Cai, Dept Geotechnical Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai, China
  • Dr Xiaoying Zhuang, Dept Geotechnical Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai, China

Indicators of Esteem

Research Groups

  • Mechanics Research Group

Research Interests

  • Finite elements
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Masonry arch bridges
  • Mechanics of earthen construction
  • Meshless methods
  • Numerical analysis
  • Rammed earth

Selected Publications

Books: authored

Books: edited

Books: sections

Conference papers

  • Ai, W., Augarde, C.E. & Trevelyan, J. (2016), Branched crack modelling with the Cracking Particle Method, ACME - UK 2016 24th Conference of the Association for Computational Mechanics in Engineering. Cardiff, UK, Cardiff University, Cardiff, 125-128.
  • Leung, A., Anastasopoulos, I.X., Augarde, C.E., Barreto, D., Brennan, A.J., Brown, M.J.Z., Connolly, D., Coombs, W.M., Davies, T., Gao, Z., Ivanovic, A., Kenny, M., Knappett, J.A., Lombardi, D., McDougall, J., Medero, G., Muir Wood, D., El Mountassir, G., Osman, A.S., Pytharouli, S., Sentenac, P., Stewart, B., Switzer, C., Tarantino, A., Wheeler, S.J., Woodward, P.K. & Zielinski, M. (2015), An overview of research activities and achievement in Geotechnics from the Scottish Universities Geotechnics Network (SUGN), in Winter, M.G., Smith, D.M., Eldred, P.J.L & Toll, D.G. eds, 16th European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. Edinburgh, UK, Thomas Telford, ICE Publishing, Edinburgh, 4289-4294.
  • Augarde, C.E., Smith, J.C., Corbin, A.C., Ciancio, D., Beckett, C.T.S. & Jaquin, P.A. (2015), Geotechnical aspects of earthen construction materials, in Winter, M.G., Smith, D.M., Eldred, P.J.L. & Toll, D.G. eds, 16th European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. Edinburgh, UK, Thomas Telford, Edinburgh, 535-540.
  • Corbin, A.C. & Augarde, C.E. (2015), Investigation into the shear behaviour of rammed earth using shear box tests, in Amziane, S. & Sonebi, M. eds, Proceedings of the First International Conference on Bio-based Building Materials First International Conference on Bio-based Building Materials. Clermont-Ferrand, France, RILEM, Clermont-Ferrand, 93-98.
  • Coombs, W.M., Crouch, R.S. & Augarde, C.E. (2011), On the f fields of inadmissible stress space, in Oñate, E, Owen, DRJ, Peric, D & Suárez, B eds, Computational Plasticity XI: Fundamentals and Applications (COMPLAS XI). Barcelona, Spain, International Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE), Barcelona.
  • Coombs, W.M., Crouch, R.S. & Augarde, C.E. (2011), Unique Critical State Hyperplasticity, in Laghrouche, O., EL Kacimi, A. Woodward, P. & Medero, G. eds, Proceedings of the 19th UK National Conference of the Association for Computational Mechanics in Engineering. Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, 49-52.

Edited works: conference proceedings

Edited works: contributions

Journal papers: academic

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Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Science: Education, industry & the community: computer modelling
  • Engineering: Other contexts: civil engineering, tunnels, bridges
  • Geological hazards: geotechnical engineering, ground conditions, tunnelling
  • Engineering: Earth building (using earth materials to create walls, rammed earth, conservation of old earth buildings)
  • Mechanics: Earth building (using earth materials to create walls, rammed earth, conservation of old earth buildings)
  • Environment: Earth building (using earth materials to create walls, rammed earth, conservation of old earth buildings)
  • Landscape & buildings: Earth building (using earth materials to create walls, rammed earth, conservation of old earth buildings)
  • European & other international expertise: Earth building (using earth materials to create walls, rammed earth, conservation of old earth buildings)
  • Europe: History & Archaeology: Earth building (using earth materials to create walls, rammed earth, conservation of old earth buildings)
  • History & Archaeology: Earth building (using earth materials to create walls, rammed earth, conservation of old earth buildings)
  • Medieval history: Earth building (using earth materials to create walls, rammed earth, conservation of old earth buildings)

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