DrJonBlack

Dr Jonathan A. Black

Senior Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering

Address:
Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Sir Frederick Mappin Building
Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 5110
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 5700

Email: j.a.black@sheffield.ac.uk
Room: E109

 

 

 


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

dr jonathan black

Profile

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.

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 also explores ground-based thermal pile applications; the ability to move heat from the ground to a building via its foundations. This negates the need for heating and cooling buildings with air conditioning and heating systems saving money and energy. Jonathan’s research into infrastructure looks at various aspects including ageing and deterioration, climate alteration and resilience. By understanding the performance and usage of buried infrastructure, such as water pipes, utilities and transport systems, and how external drivers within soil accelerate the aging process or stability, better management of infrastructure can be applied saving money and time.

Specific research topics include:

  • Physical modelling of geotechnical problems
  • Transparent soils and non-intrusive physical modelling
  • Foundation engineering
  • Soft ground remediation
  • Soil structure interaction
  • Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) in physical modelling
  • Development of advance testing systems



Selected Publications

Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

  • 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, Sivakumar V & Bell A (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 (pp 217-222). Zurich View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download