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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)

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

Biography

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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 currently on the editorial boards for the international journals Computers and Geotechnics, Theoretical & Applied Fracture Mechanics, Underground Space, Computers and Structures, and Geotechnique and is a fomer member of 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 Department Charles currently teaches mechanics of materials at L1 and L2, and structural design at L4. Charles is also the Dept Impact Officer for REF2021.

Research Groups

Department of Engineering

Research Interests

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

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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)

Supervises

Selected Grants

  • 2019: Offshore renewables civil infrastructure: development of computational tools (£23965.00 from Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)
  • 2018: Computational Geomechanics Workshops (£700.00 from )
  • 2017: A New Partnership in Offshore Wind (£767499.35 from Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)
  • 2017: Computional Geomechanics Workshops (£1320.00 from )
  • 2017: H2020-BESTOFRAC: Enviornmentally best practices and optmisation in hydrolic fracturing for shale gas/oil devleopment (£171202.57 from European Commission)
  • 2017: Reinforcement of concrete beams with continuous glass fibre rop (£800.00 from )
  • 2016: Screw piles for wind energy foundation systems (£324807.00 from Epsrc)
  • 2015: H2020-TERRE (£199093.59 from European Commission)
  • 2015: Numerical Methods for modelling hydraulic fraucture in concrete-like-materials (£12000.00 from The Royal Society)
  • 2015: Unsaturated Soils Mechanics for Engineering Practice (UnsatPractice) (£152219.56 from ESRC)
  • 2014: Seabed Ploughing: modelling for infrastructure installation (£284476.00 from Epsrc)
  • 2013: Sub-micron X-ray Computed Tomography Facility at Durham University - equipment part (£461506.00 from Epsrc)
  • 2013: Sub-micron X-ray Computed Tomography Facility at Durham University - non equipment part (£12592.00 from Epsrc)
  • 2013: iSmart (£240833.00 from Epsrc)
  • 2011: Use of rammed earth in Aboriginal communities of Australia (£1561.50 from Australian Research Council)
  • 2010: 9th World Congress: Novel Discretization Techniques for Moving Discontinuities and Singularities (£2006.00 from )
  • 2007: FINITE DEFORMATION GEOMECHANICS (£337809.00 from Epsrc)
  • 2006: NOVEL STRUT DESIGN (£300.00 from Institute of Structural Engineers)
  • 2006: UNSATURATED SOIL GEOTECHNICS (£19265.00 from Epsrc)
  • 2005: IDENTIFICATION OF MODEL PARAMETERS (£115513.00 from Epsrc)
  • 2005: THE WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF ENGINEERS:BURSARY (£3000.00 from The Worshipful Company of Engineers)
  • 2004: DEVELOPING THE SCALED BOUNDARY (£12123.00 from Epsrc)
  • 2004: ROYAL SOCIETY FELLOWSHIP-DR Y ZHANG (£2000.00 from The Royal Society)
  • 2003: PARAMETRIC STUDIES OF MULTIPLE TUNNELS (£94995.00 from Epsrc)
  • 2003: PARAMETRIC STUDIES OF MULTIPLE TUNNELS (£94995.00 from Epsrc)
  • 2003: PARAMETRIC STUDY OF MULTIPLE TUNNELS (£10000.00 from )
  • 2002: PRE-CONDITIONERS FOR FINITE ELEMENT MODELLING (£72144.00 from Epsrc)
  • 2001: MODELLING SKEW ARCHES (£1593.93 from The Royal Society)