Dr Jonathan Black

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering

Senior Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering

CIV Jonathan Black
j.a.black@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 5110

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Dr Jonathan Black
Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street
Sheffield
S1 3JD
Profile

My research helps to ensure the safe and sensitive transformation of our natural environment to support the infrastructure that underpins society.

Dr Jonathan Black


Jonathan Black completed his undergraduate degree and PhD at Queen's University Belfast. During his doctorate studies he was appointed a Lecturing Assistant in the School of Planning, Architecture & Civil Engineering. He briefly lectured at the University of Plymouth and then joined our Department in 2008, becoming Senior Lecturer in 2015. 

Jonathan’s research covers the geotechnics of energy and infrastructure resilience. By understanding how the ground, and the materials the ground is made up of, holds energy and acts under various external drivers, global energy supply can be secured and made more sustainable. 

He aims to understand the foundation systems of offshore wind turbines; how they’re affected by cyclic loading, and whether their design can be improved to make them more resilient. He also looks at how climate change affects geotechnical infrastructure, such as embankments and slopes that support transport networks or flood defences.

Another area of interest focuses how structures interact with the soil they’re in and how changeable ground conditions affects their performance. By understanding this performance and usage of buried infrastructure, such as water pipes, utilities and transport systems, and how external drivers within soil accelerate the ageing process or stability, better management of infrastructure can be applied saving money and time.

Jonathan uses a range of investigative experimental tools in his research, including physical modelling with Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV), and internal visualisation of soil-structure interaction using transparent soil.


Research Themes

Energy

Hazards

Materials

Research interests
  • Physical modelling of geotechnical problems using centrifuge experimental facilities
  • Transparent soils and non-intrusive physical modelling
  • Foundation engineering (such as monopile foundations for offshore wind turbines)
  • Resilience of infrastructure such as slopes, embankments, flood defences etc. to climate change
  • Soil reinforcement though mechanically stabilised soils.
Publications

Books

  • Black JA & Sivakumar V (2006) The Proceedings of the 9th Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference: Geotechnical Engineering – New Frontiers and Challenges. Queen's University Belfast. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles

Chapters

Conference proceedings papers

  • Nakashima K, Black J, Khan I & Bayton S (2019) Effects of Internal Erosion on Levee Instability. Geotechnics for Sustainable Infrastructure Development, Vol. 1(1) (pp 951-956). Singapore, 28 November 2019 - 29 November 2019. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bienen B, Klinkvort R, Fan S, Black J, Bayton S, Thorel L, Madabhushi GSP, Askarinejad A & Li Q (2019) Centrifuge benchmark testing of laterally loaded monopiles in sand. 16th Asian Regional Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, ARC 2019, 14 October 2019 - 18 October 2019. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Charles J, Smith C & Black J (2019) Automated reconstruction of soil stress-strain response from full field displacement measurements and loading data using optimisation.. . Proceedings of the XVII European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering - ECSMGE, Vol. 1(1), 1 September 2019 - 6 September 2019. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bayton S & Black J (2019) The effect of scour on monopile lateral behaviour.. Proceedings of the XVII European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering - ECSMGE, Vol. 1(1), 1 September 2019 - 6 September 2019. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Black J, Khan I, Nakashima K & Nakata Y (2019) Flood performance of earth embankments. Proceedings of the XVII European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering - ECSMGE, Vol. 1(1), 1 September 2019 - 6 September 2019. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Sanvitale N, Bowman E & Black J (2018) Viewing Fluid Flow Inside a Granular Medium. proceedings of the 26th Annual Meeting of the European Working Group on Internal Erosion (EWG‐IE), Vol. 1(1) (pp 91-97), 10 September 2018 - 13 September 2018. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Charles JA, Smith CC & Black JA (2018) Identification of soil stress-strain response from full field displacement measurements in plane strain model tests. Physical Modelling in Geotechnics (pp 835-840). London, 17 July 2018 - 20 July 2018. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bayton SM, Black JA & Klinkvort R (2018) Centrifuge modelling of long term cyclic lateral loading on monopiles. Physical Modelling in Geotechnics (pp 689-694). London, 17 July 2018 - 20 July 2018. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Klinkvort RT, Black JA, Bayton SM, Haigh SK, Madabhushi GSP, Blanc M, Thorel L, Zania V, Bienen B & Gaudin C (2018) A review of modelling effects in centrifuge monopile testing in sand. Physical Modelling in Geotechnics (pp 719-724). London, 17 July 2018 - 20 July 2018. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bayton S, Elmrom T & Black JA (2018) Centrifuge modelling utility pipe behaviour subject to vehicular loading. Physical modelling in Geotechnics (pp 163-168). London, 17 July 2018 - 20 July 2018. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Khan I, Al-Fergani M & Black JA (2018) Development of a rainfall simulator for climate modelling. Physical Modelling in Geotechnics (pp 507-512). London, 17 July 2018 - 20 July 2018. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Tessari A & Black JA (2018) Development of a teaching centrifuge learning environment using mechanically stabilized earth walls. Physical Modelling in Geotechnics (pp 545-550). London, 17 July 2018 - 20 July 2018. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Black JA, Bayton S, Cargill A & Tatari A (2018) Centrifuge modelling in the undergraduate curriculum—a 5 year reflection. Physical Modelling in Geotechnics (pp 533-538). London, 17 July 2018 - 20 July 2018. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Klinkvort RT, Black JA, Bayton SM, Haigh SK, Madabhushi GSP, Blanc M, Thorel L, Zania V, Bienen B & Gaudin C (2018) A review of modelling effects in centrifuge monopile testing in sand. PHYSICAL MODELLING IN GEOTECHNICS, VOL 1 (pp 719-724) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Khan IU, Al-Fergani M & Black JA (2018) Development of a rainfall simulator for climate modelling. PHYSICAL MODELLING IN GEOTECHNICS, VOL 1 (pp 507-512) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Tatari A & Black JA (2018) Interaction behavior of soil and geogrid reinforcement. 11th International Conference on Geosynthetics 2018, ICG 2018, Vol. 3 (pp 2514-2520) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hakhamaneshi M, Black JA & Tatari A (2016) Optical Characterization of Transparent Gelita Using the Modulation Transfer Function. Geo-Chicago 2016 View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bayton SM & Black JA (2016) The effect of soil density on offshore wind turbine monopile foundation performance. Proceedings of the 3rd European Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics (Eurofuge 2016), Nantes, France (pp 245-251), 1 June 2016 - 3 June 2016. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Song G & Black JA (2016) Soil displacement due to tunnelling using small scale centrifuge technology. Proceedings of the 3rd European Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics (Eurofuge 2016), Nantes, France (pp 361-367), 1 June 2016 - 3 June 2016. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hakhamaneshi M & Black JA (2016) Centrifuge modeling of energy foundations – effect of seasonal temperature fluctuation and soil state. Proceedings of the 3rd European Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics (Eurofuge 2016), Nantes, France (pp 141-147), 1 June 2016 - 3 June 2016. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hakhamaneshi M, Black JA, Cox CM & Elmrom T (2016) Development of a 25ton consolidation press at the Centre for Energy and Infrastructure Ground Research. Proceedings of the 3rd European Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics (Eurofuge 2016), Nantes, France (pp 147-153), 1 June 2016 - 3 June 2016. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Cox CM, Black JA & Hakhamanshi M (2016) Development and modification of National Instruments Data Acquisition hardware for use in the centrifuge environment. Proceedings of the 3rd European Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics (Eurofuge 2016), Nantes, France (pp 117-123), 1 June 2016 - 3 June 2016. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Cox CM, Black JA, Hakhamanshi M & Baker N (2016) Centrifuge Health Monitoring of the 50gTon beam centrifuge at the University of Sheffield. Proceedings of the 3rd European Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics (Eurofuge 2016), Nantes, France (pp 123-129), 1 June 2016 - 3 June 2016. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hakhamaneshi M, Black JA, Cargill CM & Elmrom T (2016) Development and calibration of a sand pluviation device for preparation of model sand bed for centrifuge tests. Proceedings of the 3rd European Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics (Eurofuge 2016), Nantes, France (pp 73-79), 1 June 2016 - 3 June 2016. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Bayton SM & Black JA (2016) Evaluating the p - Y Curve Method of Analysis for Large-Diameter Monopiles Using Centrifuge Modelling. Geotechnical Special Publication, Vol. 2016-January(270 GSP) (pp 418-428) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hakhamaneshi M & Black JA (2016) Shear Strength of Transparent Gelita-The Effect of the Mixture Ratio, Displacement Rate, and Over-Consolidation Ratio. Geotechnical Special Publication, Vol. 2016-January(272 GSP) (pp 443-452) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Black J, Tatari A & Hakhamaneshin M (2015) Visualization of heat transfer to characterize energy foundations. 68th Canadian Geotechnical Conference and 7th Canadian Permafrost Conference. Quebec Canada, 20 September 2015 - 23 September 2015. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Black J, Tatari A & Hakhamaneshi M (2015) Centrifuge modelling of shallow foundations on firm over soft layered clay. 68th Canadian Geotechnical Conference and 7th Canadian Permafrost Conference. ,Quebec , Canada, 20 September 2015 - 23 September 2015. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Sales H, Black JA & Collins RP (2015) Effect of voids on the bending response of buried flexible utility pipes. 68th Canadian Geotechnical Conference and 7th Canadian Permafrost Conference, 20 September 2015 - 23 September 2015. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Kelly P & Black JA (2015) Physical modelling of soil structure interaction in stone column foundations. Geotechnical Engineering for Infrastructure and Development - Proceedings of the XVI European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, ECSMGE 2015, Vol. 7 (pp 4129-4134) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Black JA, Baker N & Ainsworth A (2014) Establishing a 50g-ton geotechnical centrifuge at the University of Sheffield. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics. Perth, Australia, 14 January 2014 - 18 January 2014. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Forlati G & Black JA (2014) Impact of pile geometry on the installation of open ended press-in piles. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics. Perth, Australia, 14 January 2014 - 18 January 2014. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Black JA (2014) Development of a small scale teaching centrifuge. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics. Perth, Australia, 14 January 2014 - 18 January 2014. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Black JA (2012) Soil plugging during tubular pile installation. Proceedings of the International Press-in Association 4th Workshop. Singapore, 6 December 2012 - 7 December 2012. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Yusoff NA, Black JA & Hyde AFL (2010) Rate effects and vane shear strength of sandy clay. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Geotechnical and Transportation Engineering. Sutera Habour, Sabah, Malaysia, 1 December 2010 - 3 December 2010. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Black JA, Stanier SA & Hyde AFL (2010) Evaluation of ground displacements during press–in piling through non–intrusive modelling using transparent soil in conjunction with particle image velocimetry. Proceedings of the International Press-in Association; 3rd IPA Workshop. Shanghai, China, 13 October 2010 - 15 October 2010. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Black JA, Sivakumar V & Bell AL (2010) Development of a large calibration triaxial cell with dual load actuator. Physical Modelling in Geotechnics - Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics 2010, ICPMG 2010, Vol. 1 (pp 217-222) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Black JA, Sivakumar V & Bell AL (2010) Performance and observations of model stone column foundations. Physical Modelling in Geotechnics - Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Physical Modelling in Geotechnics 2010, ICPMG 2010, Vol. 2 (pp 1315-1320) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Black JA, Stanier SA & Clarke SD (2009) Shear wave velocity measurement of Kaolin during undrained unconsolidated triaxial compression. Proceedings of the 62nd Canadian Geotechnical Conference. Halifax, Canada View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Black JA (2009) Small scale physical model tests evaluating the settlement of vibrated stone columns. 62nd Canadian Geotechnical Conference. Halifax, Canada View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Sivakumar V, Brown JL, Black JA & Glynn D (2009) The effects of anisotropy on the mechanical behaviour of unsaturated kaolin. UNSAT Asia-Pacific 2009. Newcastle, Australia RIS download Bibtex download
  • McCabe B, McNeill J & Black JA (2007) Ground improvement using the vibro-stone column technique. Transactions of the Institution of Engineers of Ireland (presented to a joint meeting of the Engineers Ireland West Region and Geotechnical Society of Ireland). Galway View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Black JA, Sivakumar V, Brown J & McCabe B (2007) An investigation into the performance of vibrated stone columns under triaxial loading conditions. XIV European Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (pp 1433-1438). Madrid View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Black JA, Sivakumar V & Brown JL (2006) Performance of clay sample reinforced with vertical granular columns. The Proceedings of the 9th Young Geotechnical Engineers Symposium: Geotechnical Engineering New Frontiers and Challenges View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Black JA & Brown J (2006) Ground improvement by vibrated stone columns 'Case histories within Ireland’. The Proceedings of the 9th Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference: Geotechnical Engineering New Frontiers and Challenges (pp 42-46). Belfast View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Brown W, Black JA, McCabe B & Sivakumar V (2006) Waste materials in ground improvement applications. Proceedings of 2nd International Conference on Problematic Soils. Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Black JA & Sivakumar V (2005) Vibrated stone columns in a weak peat deposit enhanced by Geogrid - 'Put a sock on it'. 6th International Conference on Ground Improvement (pp 177-184). Coimbra, Portugal View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download

Reports

  • Bayton SM, Black JA, Smith CC, Handley B & Primett C (2016) Challenging the perceptions of precast piles View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Black JA (2013) Engineering Centrifuge Centre RIS download Bibtex download
  • Black JA (2012) Soil Interaction Learning and Teaching Suite (SILTS) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Black JA (2010) Creep Settlement of Foundations Stabilised Using Vibrated Stone Columns RIS download Bibtex download
  • Black JA (2010) Soil Sample Disturbance During Site Investigation RIS download Bibtex download

Theses / Dissertations

  • Black JA (2007) The Settlement Performance of Vibrated Stone Column Foundations. RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

Geotechnical Engineering Discipline

Grants

Particle-Scale Investigation of Seepage Induced Geotechnical Instablility

This cross-institutional proposal combines experimental expertise in testing transparent soil at the University of Sheffield (UoS) with skills in discrete element modelling (DEM) at Imperial College London (IC). The research seeks to clarify:

  • Which materials are initially susceptible to internal instability (including influence of particle shape and size on interstitial fluid behaviour and flow structures), and transitions between suffusion (no volume change) and suffosion (with volume change).
  • Whether seepage velocity or hydraulic pressure gradient correlates better with the initiation of erosion.
  • How the stress level influences susceptibility; particularly considering stress anisotropy and the relation between principal stress orientation and seepage direction.
Professional activities

Jonathan is Director of the Centre for Energy & Infrastructure Ground Research, which is home to our 4-metre geotechnical beam centrifuge.

He is responsible for the development of Soil Interaction Learning & Teaching Suite (SILTS), which is problem-based learning through physical experimentation, observation and critical reflection to enhance the student experience. This project uses a 1-metre teaching centrifuge, which allows students to design and test their own geotechnical systems.

Jonathan is the UK representative of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering Technical Committee 104 on physical modelling, and has served on the editorial panel of Géotechnique and ICE Geotechnical Engineering. He is also Director for Admissions & Recruitment in the department, a key leadership role coordinating recruitment activities at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Potential PhD offerings

I am looking for new PhD students, please contact me if you would like to discuss a proposal.