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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)
Member of the Durham X-ray Centre

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 Dept of Engineering. 

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, Underground Space and Computers and Structures, 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 committees TC103 and TC301 of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE). He is also a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. For more information on these topics 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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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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Selected Grants

  • 2016: Screw piles for wind energy foundation systems (£324807.00 from Epsrc)
  • 2015: Unsaturated Soils Mechanics for Engineering Practice (UnsatPractice) (£152219.56 from ESRC)