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Applications for Geotechnical Centrifuge Modelling




This lecture is taking place as part of the 9th International Conference on Physical Modelling and Geotechnics.

The Schofield Lecture was established in 2010 by TC 104, for Physical Modelling in Geotechnics, in honour of Andrew Schofield of Cambridge University who pioneered research in this field.  Previous Schofield lectures were given by Professor Malcolm Bolton, University of Cambridge, Professor Bruce Kutter, University of California, Davis and Professor Mark Randolph University of Western Australia.  

Neil Taylor, Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at City, University of London presents the fourth Schofield Lecture on Applications for Geotechnical Centrifuge Modelling.

His key research areas include construction processes, tunnelling in layered ground, piling in clays, thrust block performance, the interaction of piles and tunnels, forepoling and more recently dynamic modelling.

Professor Neil Taylor has provided an outstanding contribution to the field of physical modelling.  He has been an active researcher in physical modelling over more than forty years establishing the thriving London Geotechnical Centrifuge, at City, University of London in 1989 where he designed and installed the centrifuge machine to his specifications ensuring it could be easily managed by a researcher and technician. This centrifuge blueprint has subsequently been adopted by several facilities.  He has led the continual development of modelling techniques, particularly for geotechnical structures in clay soils, establishing an active centrifuge modelling group which has never been limited to doctoral or post-doctoral students, but encompasses undergraduate and postgraduate students undertaking research projects and all MEng undergraduate students at City.  Hundreds of City graduates at various levels and visitors and collaborators have been inspired by his passion, understanding and interest in centrifuge modelling which has since helped them to value the benefits of centrifuge model testing.  He has always been a hands-on researcher with an instinctive understanding for how key elements of a problem should be cleverly modelled to ensure repeatability and high precision, both of which are crucial to effective centrifuge modelling.

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6.00pm - 9.00pmTuesday 17th July 2018

Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre Tait Building City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

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