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Durham University

Department of Engineering

Staff Profile

Professor Charles Augarde, BSc MSc DPhil CEng FICE

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

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Charles Augarde is a Professor of Civil Engineering in the Department of Engineering. 

After graduating in Engineering from Lancaster University in 1986 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 in structural engineering 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 including novel solution methods. Charles is also interested in unsaturated soil mechanics particularly applied to 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 Boards for the international journals Computers and Geotechnics, Theoretical & Applied Fracture Mechanics, Underground Space and Computers and Structures, and is a past member of the Geotechnique Advisory Panel and the editorial board of Geotechnique Letters. Charles was President of the UK Association for Computational Mechanics (UKACM) 2016-2019, and is a member of committees TC103 and TC301 of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE). He is also a Chartered Civil Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. For more information, go to his personal webpage.

In the School Charles currently teaches mechanics of materials at L1, and structural design at L4. Charles is also the Dept Impact Officer for the next REF exercise.

Research Interests

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Meshless Methods
  • Finite Elements
  • Computational Fracture
  • Earthen Construction


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