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Experimental research on the consolidation behaviour of peat



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Speaker: Dr Daniel Barreto (Edinburgh Napier University)

Research Centre: MultiScale Geotechnical Engineering

Title: Experimental research on the consolidation behaviour of peat


Peat is a challenging soil due to a high amount of fibres, water and organic matter. Peat is very compressible and presents mechanical features that are not observed in other soils during both consolidation and shear. In the meantime, peat is ecologically important due to its role as a carbon sink. Recent and future developments of onshore wind farms within the UK has meant that the geotechnical properties of peat cannot be ignored. This talk presents and discusses the results of very long-term oedemeter tests on intact and reconstituted peats and highlights some important issues of relevance to geotechnical engineers.


Educated at Universidad de los Andes (Bogota, Colombia) and Imperial College London, Dr Barreto was appointed in 2009 as Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering in the School of Engineering and the Built Environment at Edinburgh Napier University. He formerly held geotechnical positions and was involved in slope stability studies and the design of various geotechnical structures. Specialist in investigating anisotropic behaviour of soils, Dr Barreto brings to the Centre of Geotechnics a range of skills which include the use of numerical modelling techniques and expertise on advanced laboratory testing. His current research interests include the application and development of the Distinct Element Method (DEM) to model soil behaviour under a variety loading conditions.

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4.00pmWednesday 12th October 2016

ELG09 Drysdale Building City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom