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.


Mechanisms of failure in saturated and unsaturated clayey geomaterials subjected to (total) tensile stress
Murray Ian William, Tarantino Alessandro
Géotechnique (2018)
A conceptual constitutive model unifying slurried (saturated), compacted (unsaturated) and dry states
Pedrotti M, Tarantino A
Geotechnique, pp. 1-17 (2018)
Effective stresses for unsaturated states stemming from clay microstructure
Pedrotti Matteo, Tarantino Alessandro
Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment (2018)
An experimental investigation into the micromechanics of non-active clays
Pedrotti M, Tarantino A
Géotechnique (2017)
Creep response in shear of clayey geo-materials under saturated and unsaturated conditions
Nazer Nor Shahidah Mohd, Tarantino Alessandro
E3S Web of Conferences Vol 9 (2016)
Effects of high temperatures on soil properties : lessons to share from smouldering remediation experience
Switzer Christine, Zihms Stephanie, Tarantino Alessandro
Flamma Vol 6, pp. 5-7 (2015)

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Professional activities

External Examiner of the PhD Dissertation of Sha Luo
Erosion testing of Loch Thom core materials
External Examiner of the PhD Dissertation of Jerome Nespoulous
External Examiner of the PhD Dissertation of Jonathan Asquith
External Examiner
External Examiner of the PhD Dissertation of Kannan Iyer
External Examiner
External Examiner of the PhD Dissertation of Muayad A Al-Sharrad
External Examiner

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SURICATES - Sediment Uses as Resources in Circular And Territorial Economies.
Lord, Richard (Principal Investigator) Bertram, Douglas (Co-investigator) Joao, Elsa (Co-investigator) Zawdie, Girma (Co-investigator) Tarantino, Alessandro (Co-investigator)
€5.7M Interreg NWE Industrial Research Partnership
Period 21-Dec-2017 - 21-Dec-2022
ANDRA - ERT Field testing
Tarantino, Alessandro (Principal Investigator) De Carvalho Faria Lima Lopes, Bruna (Co-investigator)
Period 23-Jan-2017 - 22-Dec-2018
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)
Period 01-Mar-2017 - 28-Feb-2019
Tarantino, Alessandro (Principal Investigator) Lunn, Rebecca (Co-investigator) Murray, Ian William (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2011 - 21-Dec-2017
Tarantino, Alessandro (Principal Investigator) Lunn, Rebecca (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2011 - 25-Nov-2016
Assessment of stability of flood embankments under climate-induced floods
Tarantino, Alessandro (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2013 - 30-Sep-2016

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Civil and Environmental Engineering
James Weir Building

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