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School of Engineering and Computing Sciences (ECS)


Dr Ashraf Osman, BSc MPhil PhD

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 42425
Room number: E112 (Christopherson)

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Dr Osman obtained an MPhil in 2002 and a PhD in 2005 from Cambridge University, both in geotechnical engineering. Dr Osman’s research focuses on developing analytical and numerical solutions for soil-structure interaction problems. His research has been funded by the RCUK, the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the British Council. He is currently leading the Newton Fund international consortium on Unsaturated Soils Mechanics for Engineering Practice (UnsatPractice).

Dr Osman is currently a member of the editorial board of the ICE  proceedings- Geotechnical Engineering and he was a member of the Géotechnique Advisory Panel (Jan 2011-Jan 2014) and the Executive Committee of the UK Association of Computational Mechanics (2012-2014). 

Research Groups

  • Mechanics Research Group

Research Interests

  • Perfomance-based design methods
  • Large-strain deformation analysis
  • Urban data systems


Conference Paper

  • Osman, A. S & Birchall, T. J. (2014), Modelling tertiary creep in geomaterials using a continuum damage mechanics approach, in Soga, Kenichi, Kumar, Krishna, Biscontin, Giovanna & Kuo, Matthew eds, International Symposium on Geomechanics from Micro and Macro. Cambridge, UK, CRC Press, London, 705-708.
  • Birchall, T.J. & Osman, A. S. (2013), On the formulation of thermodynamically-consistent viscoplastic-damage constitutive models, in Osman, A.S., Coombs, W.M. & Koziara, T. eds, CM13: International Conference on Computational Mechanics. Durham, UK, Durham.
  • Birchall, T. J. & Osman A. S (2012), Modelling creep in rocks using hyper-plasticity approach, Annual conference of the Association for Computational Mechanics in Engineering. Manchester, England, Manchester.
  • Osman, A. S. & RouainiaM. (2011), Numerical simulation of an axially loaded rigid sphere subject to harmonic load, 96: Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Conference on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Computing.
  • Osman, A. S. & Hussein, M. F. M. (2010), Dynamic response of a laterally-loaded infinite rigid cylinder embedded in a saturated poroelastic medium, in Tizani, W. eds, The International Society for Computing in Civil and Building Engineering (ISCCBE). Nottingham, England, University of Nottingham, Nottingham.
  • Panayides, S., Rouainia, M. & Osman, A. S. (2010), Numerical investigation of the behaviour of suction caissons in structured clays, in Gourvenec, S. & White. D. eds, Second International Symposium on Frontiers in Offshore Geotechnics (ISFOG II). University of Western Australia (UWA), Perth, CRC Press, Boca Raton, 759-764.
  • Birchall, T. J. & Osman, A. S. (2010), Three-dimensional finite element analysis of opening interaction in squeezing ground, 18th Annual Conference of the Association of Computational Mechanics in Engineering (ACME-UK). Southampton, England, Southampton.
  • Osman, A.S. (2008), Displacement of a circular surface foundation on non-linear soil, 16th Annual conference of the Association for Computational Mechanics in Engineering. Newcastle, England, Newcastle upon Tyne.
  • Klar A. & Osman A. S. (2008), Predicting undrained displacement of piles under lateral loading, 2nd BGA International Conference on Foundations- ICOF. Dundee, Scotland, Dundee.
  • Bolton, M.D., Lam, S.Y. & Osman, A. S. (2008), Supporting excavations in clay - from analysis to decision-making, Keynote Paper, Geotechnical Aspects of Underground Construction in Soft Ground: Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium (IS-Shanghai 2008). Shanghai, China, Shanghai.
  • Osman, A. S. , Bolton, M.D. & Mair, R. J. (2007), Modelling ground displacements around tunnels in clay, 2: the XIV European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. Madrid, Spain, Madrid, 1001-1005.
  • Osman, A. S. & Bolton, M. D. (2006), Modelling ground displacements around tunnels in clay, 4th International Conference on Soft Clay Engineering. Vancouver, Canada, Vancouver, British Columbia, 755-764.

Edited book

Journal Article