Dr Sam Clarke

Senior Lecturer in Geotechnical EngineeringSam Clarke

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

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 5703
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 5700
Email: sam.clarke@sheffield.ac.uk
Room: E108


MEng (Hons), PhD, PGcert, FHEA


Sam Clarke graduated from The University of Sheffield with a MEng (Hons) degree in Structural Engineering and Architecture in 2006. He then joined the Geotechnical Engineering Group and completed his PhD in 2009. During his doctorate studies Sam spent a number of periods working with Arup Geotechnics' Numerical Skills Team in London and the university spin-out company LimitState. He spent a short period as a Research Assistant before taking up the post of Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering in November 2009.

Over the past 3 years Sam has spent much time investigating the role of soil in blast events. This has led to many research collaborations with the Defence Science & Technology Laboratory. He is currently investigating the high stress, high strain-rate response of geomaterials experienced in blast loading events.

His main research interests focus on:

  • The role of soil in explosive events
  • Numerical modelling of geotechnical problems
  • Development of advanced constitutive models for soils
  • Soil reinforcement and remediation techniques
  • Quantification of rate effects is soils

Activities and Distinctions

  • Recipient of the IStructE prize 1st year performance in 2002/03
  • Awarded Jacobs Babtie prize for best UG dissertation in 2005/06
  • ICE Yorkshire & Humber Student Papers Competition winner, 2006/07
  • Senate Award for Learning and Teaching, 2011/12
  • Faculty Awards for Excellence in Teaching, 2011/12, 2012/13
  • Referee for “Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers – Geotechnical Engineering”
  • Member of ISSMGE technical committee for safety and serviceability in geotechnics (TC205)


  • 2014-2016: "The role of soil in explosive events" funded by EPSRC with additional support from DSTL and Blastech. Investigators: SD Clarke and A Tyas. Value: £125,180.
  • 2013-2014: "Characterisation of Adobe Clay" funded by QinetiQ. Investigators: A Tyas, M Petkovski and SD Clarke. Value: £90,374.
  • 2012-2016: "Characterisation of Blast Loading" funded by DSTL. Investigators: A Tyas, SD Clarke and J Warren. Value £480,000 (UoS £163,000).
  • 2010: "Development of a Small-Scale Teaching Centrifuge" funded by HE Stem Award. Investigators: JA Black and SD Clarke. Value £10,000


  • Staff member responsible (SMR) for 1st year Geotechnical Engineering Module, CIV150
  • Staff member responsible (SMR) for 1st year Civil Engineering Skills, CIV1900/CIV1900

Selected Publications

Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

  • Clarke SD, Fay SD, Tyas A, Warren J, Rigby SE, Elgy I & Livesey R (2014) Repeatability of Buried Charge Testing. Military Aspects of Blast and Shock 23. Oxford, UK, 7 September 2014 - 12 September 2014. View this article in WRRO
  • Fay SD, Clarke SD, Tyas A, Warren J, Rigby SE, Bennett T, Elgy I & Gant M (2014) Measuring the Spatial and Temporal Pressure Variation from Buried Charges. Military Aspects of Blast and Shock 23. Oxford, UK, 7 September 2014 - 12 September 2014. View this article in WRRO
  • Fay S , Clarke S, Warren JA, Tyas A, Bennett T, Reay J, Elgy I & Gant M (2013) Capturing the spatial and temporal variations in impulse from shallow buried charges. 15th International Symposium on Interaction of the Effects of Munitions with Structures (ISIEMS). Potsdam, Germany, 16 September 2013 - 20 September 2013.