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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.


An experimental investigation into the micromechanics of non-active clays
Pedrotti M., Tarantino A.
Geotechnique, (2017)
Water retention characteristics of swelling clays in different compaction states
Iyer Kannan K. R, Joseph Jeevan , Lopes B. C. F. L, Singh D. N. , Tarantino Alessandro
Geomechanics and Geoengineering, (2017)
Evaluation of the performance of TDR and capacitance techniques for soil moisture measurement
Lekshmi Susha S. U, Singh D. N., Tarantino Alessandro, Baghini M. Shojaei
Geotechnical Testing Journal, (2017)
Micromechanics of non-active clays in saturated state and DEM modelling
Pagano Arianna Gea, Tarantino Alessandro, Pedrotti Matteo, Magnanimo Vanessa, Windows-Yule Kit, Weinhart Thomas
EPJ Web of Conferences Vol 140, (2017)
Laboratory testing of a MEMS sensor system for in-situ monitoring of the engineered barrier in a geological disposal facility
Yang Wenbin, Lunn Rebecca J, Tarantino Alessandro, El Mountassir Grainne
Geosciences Vol 7, (2017)
Advances in the monitoring of geo-structure subjected to climate loading
Tarantino Alessandro, Gallipoli Domenico, Jommi Cristina, Mendes Joao, Capotosto Anastasia, Amabile Alessia, Pedrotti Matteo, Pozzato Annarita, Beneš Vojtěch, Bottaro Fabio, Denzer Heiner, Boeck Fabian
E3S Web of Conferences Vol 9, (2016)

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Professional activities

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
2nd European Conference on Unsaturated Soils
Keynote/plenary speaker
External Examiner of the PhD Dissertation of Than Than Nyunt
External Examiner
External Examiner of the PhD Dissertation of Muayad A Al-Sharrad
External Examiner

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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) Reid, Christopher (Research 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
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)
Period 01-Nov-2015 - 31-Oct-2019

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Civil and Environmental Engineering
James Weir Building

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