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Dr Andrea Diambra is a Senior Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering at University of Bristol. His research interests span across a wide range of geotechnical problems, with particular focus on two main areas: 1) new geotechnical solutions for offshore energy systems and 2) development of novel ground improvements techniques. His research uses an approach across the length scales involving a range of techniques from experimental element testing, constitutive modelling, numerical analyses and full-scale testing.


Recent and current research projects include:


1)      Offshore geotechnics

-          Development of new macro-element models for plate anchoring systems;

-          Full-scale axial and lateral testing of driven steel piles in chalk;

-          Polypropylene pipe – seabed interaction;

-          Review of available methods for spudcan penetration assessment;

-          Development of constitutive modelling for cyclic behaviour of granular soils;

-          Evolution of stiffness of granular soils under very large number of  multiaxial loading cycles using the Hollow Cylinder Torsional apparatus;

-          Stress and time dependent behaviour of remoulded chalk.


2)      Ground improvements

-          Experimental and numerical studies of fibre reinforced soils;

-          Experimental and numerical modelling of artificially cemented soils;

-          Extension of modelling techniques for fibre reinforced soils to root-soil systems;


Dr Diambra has extensive teaching experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. He is willing to supervise new postgraduate students to work in the above mentioned and/or related topics.


Recent awards:

  • Best paper in Géotechnique Letters Volume 5, Q2 (February) 2015: Chow S.H., O’Loughlin C.D., Corti R., Gaudin C. & Diambra A.  2015 “Drained cyclic capacity of plate anchors in dense sand: Experimental and Theoretical Observations”, Géotechnique Letters, 5, 80-85. DOI: 10.1680/geolett.15.00019
  • Best paper in Géotechnique LettersVolume 4, Q3 (June-September) 2014:  Diambra A., Ciavaglia F., Harman A., Dimelow C., Carey J., Nash D.  2014 “Performance of cyclic cone penetration tests in chalk”, Géotechnique Letters, 4, 230-237. DOI: 10.1680/geolett.14.00050. 
  • EPSRC research grant 2012: "Anisotropy of fibre reinforced sands under generalised loading conditions"(http://gow.epsrc.ac.uk/NGBOViewGrant.aspx?GrantRef=EP/J010022/1).




Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Cabot Institute City Futures Research
  • Cabot Institute Low Carbon Energy Research
  • Cabot Institute Natural Hazards and Disasters Research
  • Cabot Institute Environmental Change Research

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Research Output

  • 34 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 23 Conference Contribution (Conference Proceeding)
  • 3 Conference Paper
  • 1 Edited book

A Multiaxial Constitutive Model for Fibre-reinforced Sand

Gao, Z. & Diambra, A., 3 Feb 2020, In : Geotechnique.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Polypropylene pipe interface strength on marine sandy soils with varying coarse fraction

    De Leeuw, L. W., Martin, G., Milewski, H., Dietz, M. & Diambra, A., 27 Jan 2020, In : Proceedings of the ICE - Geotechnical Engineering. 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Small to large strain mechanical behaviour of an alluvium stabilised with low carbon secondary minerals

    Sargent, P., Rouainia, M., Diambra, A., Nash, D. & Hughes, P. N., 30 Jan 2020, In : Construction and Building Materials. 232, 16 p., 117174.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Activities

    • 1 Editorial activity

    University of Bristol (Journal)

    Andrea Diambra (Editor)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Supervised Work

    Fibre reinforced sands : Experiments and constitutive modelling

    Author: Diambra, A., 2010

    Supervisor: Ibraim, E. (Supervisor) & Muir Wood, D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Education (EdD)