Professor Alessandro Tarantino

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Personal statement

I joined the University of Strathclyde in 2010 as Professor of Experimental Geomechanics to establish a research group in geomechanics and geohydraulics specialised in laboratory and field investigation of multiphase geomaterials.

The common denominator of my research is the presence of at least two fluid phases (liquid and gas) in the medium pore space. Under these conditions, different physical processes with high level of coupling (liquid flow, vapour flow, heat transfer, and solid matrix deformation) control the hydraulic and mechanical behaviour of the porous medium, which is therefore relatively complex to investigate and model.

In Civil and Environmental Engineering, multiphase (unsaturated) porous media are typically encountered in the upper portion of the soil profile, between the ground surface and the ground water table/phreatic surface. Processes occurring in this zone are therefore the focus of my research, and includes rainwater infiltration, groundwater recharge, pollutant transport, soil shrinkage and heave, surface cracking, soil subsidence, and subsurface water flow and runoff (i.e. flood formation), and shallow landslides. Most of these processes have an interaction with the atmosphere and are therefore strongly affected by climate changes.

Multiphase (unsaturated) porous media are also encountered in several geo-infrastructures, including road, railway and flood embankments, dams, and tunnels where mechanical and hydraulic response (stability, deformation, hydraulic conductivity) is controlled by the interaction of the ground with the atmosphere.


I hold an MEng degree in Civil Engineering from the Università di Napoli Federico II in Italy (1993) and a PhD in Geotecnical Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino in Italy (1998).

I was awarded the title of Professional Engineer in Italy in 1993.


Mechanics of unsaturated soils : simple approaches for routine engineering practice
Tarantino Alessandro, Di Donna Alice
Italian Geotechnical Journal (2019)
The effect of clay water content in the Jet Erosion Test
Beber Raniero, Tarantino Alessandro, Pedrotti Matteo, Lunn Rebecca
7th International Symposium on Deformation Characteristics of Geomaterials (2019)
Preliminary analysis on the impacts of the rhizosphere on occurrence of rainfall-induced shallow landslides
Balzano Brunella, Tarantino Alessandro, Ridley Andrew
Landslides (2019)
Use of alkali activated high-calcium fly ash binder for kaolin clay soil stabilisation : physicochemical evolution
Coudert Elodie, Paris Michael, Deneele Dimitri, Russo Giacomo, Tarantino Alessandro
Construction and Building Materials Vol 201, pp. 539–552 (2019)
Exploring the micromechanics of non-active clays via virtual DEM experiments
Pagano Arianna Gea, Magnanimo Vanessa, Weinhart Thomas, Tarantino Alessandro
Geotechnique (2019)
A conceptual constitutive model unifying slurried (saturated), compacted (unsaturated) and dry states
Pedrotti M, Tarantino A
Geotechnique Vol 69, pp. 217-233 (2019)

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Professional activities

Erosion testing of Loch Thom core materials
External Examiner of the PhD Dissertation of Sha Luo
External Examiner of the PhD Dissertation of Jerome Nespoulous
External Examiner of the PhD Dissertation of Kannan Iyer
External Examiner
External Examiner of the PhD Dissertation of Jonathan Asquith
External Examiner
3rd International Conference on “Soil Bio- and Eco-engineering. The Use of Vegetation to Improve Slope Stability"
Keynote/plenary speaker

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SURICATES Interreg NWE 462 - Sediment Uses as Resources in Circular And Territorial Economies.
Lord, Richard (Principal Investigator) Bertram, Doug (Co-investigator) João, Elsa (Co-investigator) Zawdie, Girma (Co-investigator) Tarantino, Alessandro (Co-investigator)
€5.7M Interreg NWE Industrial Research Partnership
21-Jan-2017 - 21-Jan-2022
Inversion Analysis of Surface Seismic Data for Effective Exploration of Oil and Gas Reservoirs
Ren, Jinchang (Principal Investigator) Marshall, Stephen (Co-investigator) Tarantino, Alessandro (Co-investigator) Weiss, Stephan (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 28-Jan-2019
ANDRA - ERT Field testing
Tarantino, Alessandro (Principal Investigator) De Carvalho Faria Lima Lopes, Bruna (Co-investigator)
23-Jan-2017 - 22-Jan-2018
TERRE: Training Engineers and Researchers to Rethink geotechnical Engineering for a low carbon future (H2020 ETN)
Tarantino, Alessandro (Principal Investigator) El Mountassir, Grainne (Co-investigator) Ferguson, Neil (Co-investigator) Knapp, Charles (Co-investigator) Lunn, Rebecca (Co-investigator) Switzer, Christine (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 31-Jan-2019
Modern2020 - Development and Demonstration of monitoring strategies and technologies for geological disposal
Tarantino, Alessandro (Principal Investigator) Ferguson, Neil (Co-investigator) Lunn, Rebecca (Co-investigator) Sentenac, Phillippe (Co-investigator) Yang, Wenbin (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 30-Jan-2019
KTP - Donaldson Associates
Tarantino, Alessandro (Principal Investigator) El Mountassir, Grainne (Co-investigator)
02-Jan-2014 - 01-Jan-2016

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Civil and Environmental Engineering
James Weir Building

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