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Department of Engineering


From April 2017 research has been reorganised in the Department into research challenges. The former Mechanics Research Group most closely aligns with the Sustainable Infrastructure Challenge although there are links to Future Energy Systems.

Staff in this area at Durham have a wide range of interests, primarily falling into two overlapping clusters: Computational Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering.

  • Computational Mechanics: We develop numerical methods to solve a range of the most challenging problems currently posed in solid and fluid mechanics. A key strength of the group is the wide range of computational techniques that we cover.
  • Geotechnical Engineering: Our geotechnical engineering research addresses a wide range of problems. The areas in we specialise include unsaturated soils, construction materials, and the stabilisation and remediation of contaminated land. Insitu testing and the development of constitutive models for soils are additional research areas which bridge the two clusters in the Research Group.

Further research topics tackled include agent-based modelling and simulation applied to flooding and engineering optimisation to a range of applications.

If you are interested in studying for a PhD with us then please read through our postgraduate research pages and do get in touch about specific project ideas.


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Contact us:

Department of Engineering
Durham University
Lower Mountjoy
South Road
T:+44 (0) 191 334 1700
F:+44 (0) 191 334 2408