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.
- 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 Jonathan Asquith
- External Examiner
- External Examiner of the PhD Dissertation of Kannan Iyer
- External Examiner
- 3rd International Conference on “Soil Bio- and Eco-engineering. The Use of Vegetation to Improve Slope Stability"
- Keynote/plenary speaker
more professional activities
- 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
Civil and Environmental Engineering
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