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Professor Schofield built up a strong group at Cambridge

Professor Schofield built up a strong group at Cambridge, with more than pounds1M of research currently on the books. The group comprises Dr Malcolm Bolton, Dr Kenichi Soga, Dr Gopal Madabhushi, Dr Abir Al-Tabbaa and Dr Rod Lynch, with further collaboration from Andrew Palmer who is Professor of Petroleum Engineering. Robert Mair succeeds Andrew Schofield as Professor of Geotechnical Engineering.

Malcolm Bolton is now the director of the Schofield Centrifuge Centre, which next year will service the modelling needs of 13 PhD students, and 5 MEng project students, working in association with eight externally funded projects. The centre has a powerful beam centrifuge operating at up to 125g at 4m working radius, a 1m radius drum centrifuge capable of working at up to 500g, and a 0.4m radius mini-drum centrifuge, the latter two featuring independently controlled central turntables which offer a range of in-flight interactions. These facilities were conceived and developed by Professor Schofield over 24 years, and it is hoped that he will continue to develop the art of centrifuge testing through continuing links at the centre.

Work is in progress on many fundamental aspects both of soil deformation and pore fluid transport, including time and rate effects in soils, grain fracture and crushability, the characterisation of structure and anisotropy, the mobility of NAPLs, the influence of partial saturation, and the sorption of chemical pollutants. Research projects are also under way with both EPSRC and industry funding in offshore and petroleum engineering, tunnels and tunnelling, natural slopes and embankments, earthquake effects and soil liquefaction, pile driving and in situ soil stabilisation, and soil-structure interaction.

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