02/22/2020 - Our laboratory will have a strong presence at the GeoCongress this year! Mandeep and Yuyan will be giving oral presentations, Lin, Kyle, Sharif and Sri will be giving poster presentations, and Alejandro will be giving two talks!!
02/05/2020 - Our paper titled "interface response-based soil classification framework”, published in collaboration with Greg Hebeler (Golder Associates) and David Frost (Georgia Tech), was selected as runner up for the Vic Milligan Award!
02/03/2020 - Alejandro was awarded the NSF CAREER award! The project's title is "Soil Penetration through Bioinspired Stress State Manipulation". We are very excited to have the opportunity to work on this interesting topic!!
01/06/2020 - Alejandro will be teaching the "Introduction to Soil Mechanics" undergraduate this Winter, Yuyan will be TAing that same course, and Mandeep will be TAing "Mechanics of Materials"!
11/20/2019 - Alejandro gave an oral presentation entitled "Characterization of intermediate and structured soils with a CPT-interface response soil classification framework" and chaired a session on Physical and Analytical Modeling at the XVI Panamerican Congress in Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering.
11/07/2019 - Our paper titled "DEM simulations of CPT measurements and soil classification", based on Ali Khosravi's postdoc work, has been accepted for publication at the Canadian Geotechnical Journal. Check out the online version here!
10/28/2019 - Yuyan, Kyle, and Alejandro are attending the CBBG annual meeting at ASU!
9/26/2019 - Alejandro will be teaching the "Soil Behavior" graduate course this Fall!
8/26/19 - Welcome to our two newest group members, Jasmine Miller and Olivia Hunt! Jasmine is continuing her academic path at UC Davis, where she obtained her B.S., and Olivia is joining us all the way from Baton Rouge.
7/30/19 - Our journal paper titled "Bio-Inspiration for anisotropic load transfer at soil-structure interfaces", based on Sophia Palumbo's MS Work, is now published online in the Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering! The paper can be found here.
7/22/19 - The annual Granular Materials Research Group Summer BBQ was held this past weekend! Thanks for everyone for attending and bringing such good food, and thanks to Kyle for hosting.
7/5/19 - Last week Alejandro visited the University of Dundee, where he met with faculty, students, and postdocs to discuss potential collaborations and got a tour of their amazing labs and facilities. He gave two presentations, one titled "Bio-inspiration for soil-structure interaction and site characterization applications", and the second one titled "Tree root system pullout tests at the UC Davis teaching orchard". Big thanks to Prof. Jonathan Knappett for the hospitality!
6/28/19 - Alejandro gave two presentations at the 7th International Symposium on Deformation Characteristics of Geomaterials in Glasgow, UK! The topics were frictional anisotropy at bioinspired interfaces and DEM modeling of soil-structure interfaces (the second one based on the PhD work from Jackson Su at Georgia Tech).
6/21/19 - Sharif (3D printed analogs), Kyle (snakeskin-inspired interfaces), Matt (tree pullout tests), and Alejandro (bio-inspired probe) gave presentations at the EMI conference in Pasadena. What a nice conference!
6/15/19 - Our journal paper titled "Evaluation of self-penetration potential of a bio-inspired site characterization probe by cavity expansion analysis" has been accepted for publication in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal. Thanks to Jason DeJong, Ali Khosravi, and Robbie Jaeger for collaborating in this work.
6/12/19 - UC Davis COE wrote this story about the 1st International Workshop on Bio-Inspired Geotechnics!
5/22/19 - We hosted the 1st International Workshop on Bio-Inspired Geotechnics in Pacific Grove, CA. It was a great event with lots of productive discussions between geotechs, biologists and roboticists. Thank you to NSF for the financial support and thank you to Kyle, Matt, Yuyan, Lin, Sichuan and Ali for their help!
5/14/19 - Alejandro presented at the "Panel on Liquefaction of Ponded Fly Ash: From Laboratory to Practice" at WOCA 2019, along with other panelists Bob Bachus, Bill Wolfe, Alan Rauch, Pedro Amaya, and Nick McClung.
5/7/19 - The COE at UC Davis just released an article on this year's GGSS roundtable event!! The article can be found here.
5/2/19 - Our journal paper titled "Bio-Inspiration for Anisotropic Load Transfer at Soil-Structure Interfaces" has been accepted in the Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering. This paper is based on Sophia's master's research!!!
4/21/19 - The UC Davis team competed in the MidPac Geowall Challenge this weekend. While we didn't place in the top three, our wall performed amazingly. Big thanks to Jasmine Miller for leading the team this year!!
4/8/19 - Kyle, Yuyan, Lin, and Alejandro attended the CBBG mid-year meeting at New Mexico State University. During this meeting, the graduate students presented the two main goals of their research project within the SMART framework. It was a fun and productive meeting, and the visit to White Sands National Monument was amazing!
3/20/19 - The students in the Advanced Design of Foundations will be presenting their final projects tomorrow. In the Spring quarter Alejandro will be teaching the Introduction to Soil Mechanics course, and Yuyan and Kyle will be TAing lab sections.
3/7/19 - The Geotech group's annual roundtable will be tomorrow, where Kyle will be presenting his work on centrifuge modeling of snakeskin-inspired piles!
2/5/19 - In Spanish, the verb "estrenar" refers to the action of using something new for the first time (e.g. you can "estrenar" a new car or a new pair of shoes). We are "estrenando" our new website!! Please feel free to browse it to find more information about our current research and team members.
1/25/19 - Sri just completed a series centrifuge tests where he is modelling dewatering of a flyash impoundment!
1/8/19 – Our group will be doing a lot of teaching this quarter. Sharif will be TAing soil mechanics lab, Mandeep will be TAing strength of materials lab, and Lin will be TAing statics discussion.
1/7/19 - Welcome back to school! Alejandro will be teaching the Advanced Foundations Design course
12/21/18 - Our journal paper titled "Thermal conductivity of MICP-treated sands at varying degrees of saturation" has been accepted in the Geotechnique Letters Journal. This paper is based on Lin’s undergrad research!! You can find it here.
10/11/11 - Our journal paper titled "Rate effects on the interface shear behaviour of normally and overconsolidated clay" has been accepted in the Geotechnique! You can find it here.
9/10/18 – We will have a strong participation in the IS Atlanta Micro to macro and Biomediated and Bioinspired Geotechnics conferences, with a total of 6 presentations! Topics include soil-structure interface interaction, 3D printed soil analogs, snake-inspired interfaces and worm-inspired probes.
09/26/18 - Welcome to all the new graduate students in the geotech group! Alejandro will be teaching the Advanced Soil Mechanics course this fall.
09/08/18 - Mandeep Singh just arrived in Davis! He is joining our research group as a PhD student. He will be researching the micromechanics of sandy soils.
09/01/18 - Our paper titled "Undrained Behavior of Sand–Structure Interfaces Subjected to Cyclic Torsional Shearing" has been selected as Editor's Choice for the Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering!
08/31/18 - Sophia Palumbo received her master's degree! The title of her thesis is: Anisotropic Interface Shear Behavior of Granular Soil and Surfaces Biologically-Inspired by Snakeskin.
08/18/18 - Yuyan Chen just arrived in Davis! She is joining our research group as a PhD student. She will be working towards the development of bio-inspired site characterization probes.
08/15/18 - Srikanth Mandabushi just arrived in Davis! He is joining our research group as a Postdoctoral Scholar. He will be working on centrifuge modeling of fly ash impoundments.
08/15/18 - Our paper titled "Hypoplastic Simulation of Axisymmetric Interface Shear Tests in Granular Media" was presented at the China-Europe Conference in Geotechnical Engineering in Vienna by collaborator Henning Stutz from Aarhus University.
08/15/18 - After working with us for one year, Danielle Charleston moved to UC Berkeley to continue her studies on Environmental Engineering. We will miss her!
07/28/18 - Alejandro Martinez visited Oregon State University where he delivered a seminar titled "Bio-Inspired Soil-Structure Interaction: Element and Centrifuge Pile Load Tests".
06/10/18 - Lin Huang, who has been part of our group for over a year as an undergraduate researcher, has decided to continue his stay with us for his master's degree!
03/13/18 - Our journal paper titled "Interface Response-Based Soil Classification Framework" has been accepted in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal! You can find the Just-In version here.