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A fully coupled computational framework for fluid pressurised crack evolution in porous media (2019)
Journal Article
Hardcastle, A., Mousavi Nezhad, M., Rezania, M., Tizani, W., & Gamage Ranjith, P. (2019). A fully coupled computational framework for fluid pressurised crack evolution in porous media. Journal of Porous Media, 22(8), 939-956. doi:10.1615/jpormedia.2019025665

This paper presents a computational framework for modelling hydraulic fracture on the basis of combining continuum porous media and damage theories. By considering the continuum as two separate domains of damaged and intact porous domains, model comp... Read More

An industry-inspired civil engineering curriculum (2019)
Journal Article
Turnbull, B., & Department of Civil Engineering, University of Nottingham, . (in press). An industry-inspired civil engineering curriculum. Proceedings of the ICE - Civil Engineering,

This article describes the design of an undergraduate civil engineering curriculum that uses industry approaches to personal professional development and problem-based learning to educate the graduates that industry needs. The new curriculum is struc... Read More

Influence of encapsulated sunflower oil on the mechanical and self- healing properties of dense-graded asphalt mixtures (2019)
Journal Article
Norambuena-Contreras, J., Liu, Q., Zhang, L., Wu, S., Yalcin, E., & Garcia, A. (2019). Influence of encapsulated sunflower oil on the mechanical and self- healing properties of dense-graded asphalt mixtures. Materials and Structures, 52, doi:10.1617/s11527-019-1376-3

This paper re-evaluates the effect of sunflower oil capsules on the mechanical and self-healing properties of dense-graded asphalt mixtures. Different percentages of capsules (0.50wt.%, 0.75wt.% and 1.00wt.%) were mixed into dense asphalt. The influe... Read More

Application of Building Information Modelling in a tunnelling project and a data exchange with a process controlling software (2019)
Conference Proceeding
Hegemann, F., Stascheit, J., Maidl, U., & Ninić, J. (2019). Application of Building Information Modelling in a tunnelling project and a data exchange with a process controlling software. In Underground Construction Prague 2019

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is already well known and accepted in the construction of buildings. There are initiatives and pilot projects to also apply BIM for infrastructure projects such as tunnels. However, due the different conditions in... Read More

Drive-by scour monitoring of railway bridges using a wavelet-based approach (2019)
Journal Article
Fitzgerald, P. C., Malekjafarian, A., Cantero, D., OBrien, E. J., & Prendergast, L. J. (2019). Drive-by scour monitoring of railway bridges using a wavelet-based approach. Engineering Structures, 191, 1-11. doi:10.1016/j.engstruct.2019.04.046

This paper numerically investigates the feasibility of using bogie acceleration measurements from a passing train to detect the presence of bridge scour. The Continuous Wavelet Transform is used to process the simulated acceleration measurements for... Read More

Computationally efficient simulation in urban mechanised tunnelling based on multi-level BIM models (2019)
Journal Article
Ninic, J., Bui, H., Koch, C., & Meschke, G. (2019). Computationally efficient simulation in urban mechanised tunnelling based on multi-level BIM models. Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, 33(3),

The design of complex underground infrastructure projects involves various empirical, analytical or numerical models with different levels of complexity. The use of simulation models in current state-of-the-art tunnel design process can be cumbersome... Read More

A machine learning approach for the estimation of fuel consumption related to road pavement rolling resistance for large fleets of trucks (2018)
Conference Proceeding
Perrotta, F., Parry, T., Neves, L. C., & Mesgarpour, M. (2018). A machine learning approach for the estimation of fuel consumption related to road pavement rolling resistance for large fleets of trucks

There remains a level of uncertainty concerning the methodological assumptions and parameters to consider in the estimation of road vehicle fuel consumption due to the condition of road pavements. In fact, recent studies highlighted how existing mode... Read More

Recent development and remaining challenges in determining unique bridge scour performance indicators (2018)
Journal Article
PRENDERGAST, L., GAVIN, K., STIPANOVIC, I., & SKARIC-PALIC, S. (2018). Recent development and remaining challenges in determining unique bridge scour performance indicators. Baltic Journal of Road and Bridge Engineering, 13(3), (291-300). doi:10.7250/bjrbe.2018-13.417. ISSN 1822-427X

There have been significant developments in the area of vibration based bridge scour monitoring in recent years. Traditional scour monitoring using either visual assessment or diving inspections are now recognised to be very unreliable and highly sub... Read More

Investigation into the bond strength of bitumen-fibre mastic (2018)
Journal Article
Mohammed, M., Parry, T., Thom, N., & Grenfell, J. (2018). Investigation into the bond strength of bitumen-fibre mastic. Construction and Building Materials, 190, (382-391). doi:10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2018.09.084. ISSN 0950-0618

The loss of bond strength in road pavement surfacing due to high traffic loads or moisture is a recurring problem, creating distresses such as ravelling, fatigue and rutting. It is, therefore, important to find a way to prevent or at least delay the... Read More

A coupled thermal-mechanical numerical model of underground coal gasification (UCG) including spontaneous coal combustion and its effects (2018)
Journal Article
Ekneligoda, T., & Marshall, A. (2018). A coupled thermal-mechanical numerical model of underground coal gasification (UCG) including spontaneous coal combustion and its effects. International Journal of Coal Geology, 199, (31-38). doi:10.1016/j.coal.2018.09.015. ISSN 0166-5162

Underground coal gasification (UCG) is a promising option for extracting energy from coal in unworked or hard to access areas of the subsurface. From a geotechnical perspective, UCG involves various complex phenomena resulting from the elevated tempe... Read More

A big data approach for investigating the performance of road infrastructure (2018)
Conference Proceeding
Perrotta, F., Parry, T., Neves, L. C., Mesgarpour, M., Benbow, E., & Viner, H. (2018). A big data approach for investigating the performance of road infrastructure. In n/a

“Using truck sensors for road pavement performance investigation” is a research project within TRUSS, an innovative training network funded from the EU under the Horizon 2020 programme. The project aims at assessing the impact of the condition of the... Read More

Performance of CPT-based methods to assess monopile driveability in North Sea sands (2018)
Journal Article
Byrne, T., Gavin, K., Prendergast, L., Cachim, P., Doherty, P., & Chenicheri Pulukul, S. (2018). Performance of CPT-based methods to assess monopile driveability in North Sea sands. Ocean Engineering, 166, (76-91). doi:10.1016/j.oceaneng.2018.08.010. ISSN 0029-8018

Offshore pile driving is a high-risk activity as delays can be financially punitive. Experience of pile driving for offshore jacket structures where pile diameters are typically < 2 m has led to the development of empirical pile driveability models w... Read More

Centrifuge and real-time hybrid testing of tunnelling beneath piles and piled buildings (2018)
Journal Article
Andrea, F., & Alec M., M. (in press). Centrifuge and real-time hybrid testing of tunnelling beneath piles and piled buildings. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ISSN 1090-0241

Tunnels are constructed increasingly close to existing buried structures, including pile foundations. This poses a serious concern, especially for tunnels built beneath piles. Current understanding of the global tunnel-soil-pile-building interaction... Read More

Structural health monitoring for performance assessment of bridges under flooding and seismic actions (2018)
Journal Article
Prendergast, L. J., Limongelli, M. P., Ademovic, N., Anžlin, A., Gavin, K., & Zanini, M. (2018). Structural health monitoring for performance assessment of bridges under flooding and seismic actions. Structural Engineering International, 28(3), (296-307). doi:10.1080/10168664.2018.1472534. ISSN 1016-8664

Bridges can be subjected to damaging environmental actions due to flooding and seismic hazards. Flood actions that result in scour are a leading cause of bridge failure, while seismic actions that induce lateral forces may lead to high ductility dema... Read More

Behavior of reinforced concrete frame with masonry infill wall subjected to vertical load (2018)
Journal Article
Baghi, H., Oliveira, A., Valença, J., Cavaco, E., Neves, L., & Júlio, E. (2018). Behavior of reinforced concrete frame with masonry infill wall subjected to vertical load. Engineering Structures, 171, 476-487. doi:10.1016/j.engstruct.2018.06.001

The effectiveness of masonry infill wall on behavior of a Reinforced Concrete (RC) frame subjected to a column failure is studied experimentally. For this reason, one full scale RC frame designed according to Eurocode is statically tested to investig... Read More

An iterative method to infer distributed mass and stiffness profiles for use in reference dynamic beam-Winkler models of foundation piles from frequency response functions (2018)
Journal Article
Wu, W., Prendergast, L., & Gavin, K. (2018). An iterative method to infer distributed mass and stiffness profiles for use in reference dynamic beam-Winkler models of foundation piles from frequency response functions. Journal of Sound and Vibration, 431, (1-19). doi:10.1016/j.jsv.2018.05.049. ISSN 0022-460X

Accurate characterisation of soil behaviour in Dynamic-Soil-Structure Interaction (DSSI) applications remains a significant challenge. Knowledge of the operational soil-structure interaction stiffness is important for applications ranging from earthq... Read More

Micromechanical modeling of tension stiffening in FRP-strengthened concrete elements (2018)
Journal Article
Ghiassi, B., Soltani, M., & Rahnamaye Sepehr, S. (2018). Micromechanical modeling of tension stiffening in FRP-strengthened concrete elements. Journal of Composite Materials, 52(19), (2577-2596). doi:10.1177/0021998317751248. ISSN 0021-9983

This article presents a micromodeling computational framework for simulating the tensile response and tension-stiffening behavior of fiber reinforced polymer–strengthened reinforced concrete elements. The total response of strengthened elements is co... Read More

Probabilistic examination of the change in eigenfrequencies of an offshore wind turbine under progressive scour incorporating soil spatial variability (2017)
Journal Article
Prendergast, L., Reale, C., & Gavin, K. (2018). Probabilistic examination of the change in eigenfrequencies of an offshore wind turbine under progressive scour incorporating soil spatial variability. Marine Structures, 57, (87-104). doi:10.1016/j.marstruc.2017.09.009. ISSN 0951-8339

The trend for development in the offshore wind sector is towards larger turbines in deeper water. This results in higher wind and wave loads on these dynamically sensitive structures. Monopiles are the preferred foundation solution for offshore wind... Read More