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Prof Akbar Javadi

Professor of Geotechnical Engineering and Director of Global Development (Engineering)


Telephone: 01392 723640

Extension: (Streatham) 3640


Research Interests

Prof. Javadi's main research interest is in different araes of Computational Geomechanics, Biomechanics, Desalination systems and Renewable energy. This includes:


Geotechnical Engineering

  • Modelling of hydraulic fracturing in unconventional oil and gas reservoirs using Extended Finite Element Method (XFEM)
  • Development of a fuzzy logic risk assessment tool for groundwater contamination from well integrity failure of hydraulically fractured wells.
  • Soil stabilisation and reinforced soils
  • Constitutive modelling of geomaterials
  • Coupled hydro-thermo-mechanical FE modelling of unsaturated soils
  • Modelling of behaviour of expansive soils
  • Data mining in Civil & Geotechnical engineering


Geoenvironmental Engineering

  • Numerical modelling and control of seawater intrusion
  • FE modelling of flow and contaminant transport in unsaturated soils
  • Stochastic finite element method and application to modelling of flow and contaminant transport in soils
  • Management of groundwater resources
  • Decision Support System for management of contaminated land


Desalination / Renewable Energy

  • Solar powered agriculture greenhouse desalination system
  • Ocean-powered desalination systems.


Engineering Optimization

  • Design and tailoring of microstructure of materials for prescribed material properties
  • Development of integrated simulation-optimisation models


Self-learning finite element method

  • A unified framework for constitutive modelling of materials in finite element analysis



  • Development of a new knee brace system for OA patients




Current Research Grants:

- GeoRes - Geomaterials from Waste to Resource; PI;  H2020 Marie Curie Project; €886,500; with 17 partners;

- A Novel Standalone Solar-Driven Agriculture Greenhouse Desalination System; PI; Funded by British Council Institutional Link Programme and STDF, Egypt; £300,000 (with Zagazig University and Egypt Japan University of Science and Technology in Egypt)

- Development of an Assessment Procedure for Seawater Intrusion Mitigation; PI; Funded by Royal Society; £12,000 (with National Taiwan University)


Current Researcher Staff/PhD Students and Projects

  • Dr Mohammad Akrami, A novel standalone solar-driven agriculture greenhouse desalination system that groves its energy and irrigation water.
  • Mahdieh Dibaj, Integrated management of flooding and groundwater resources.
  • Mohammad Hassan Khanjanpour, Optimisation of the energy requirement of an ocean-powered seawater reverse osmosis (OPSWRO) desalination system.
  • Davood Mahdavian, Modelling of hydraulic fracturing.
  • Olivia Milton-Thompson, Assessing the risks to groundwater contamination from unconventional gas development in the UK under uncertainty.
  • Reza Naseri Karimvand, Modelling of hydraulic fracturing using Extended Finite Element Method.
  • Ali Nassr, Development and Applications of Self-Learning Simulation in Finite Element Analysis.
  • Samia Abdelhakeem Saad Shaaban, Investigation of saltwater intrusion in heterogeneous coastal aquifers: Application to Egypt’s Nile Delta.
  • Kulchamai Thienkarochanakul, Subject-specific three-dimensional finite element modelling of the human knee complex.
  • Canan Turan, Experimental and numerical study of mechanical behaviour of fly ash reinforced soil.
  • Yuxiao Wang, Modelling of hydraulic fracturing using Extended Finite Element Method.
  • Priscila Barros Ramalho Alves, GIS-Participatory approach for an integrated management of extreme events (second supervisor).
  • Matthew Ellison, The influence of footwear and training interventions on metatarsal strain during running (second supervisor).
  • Megan Kenny, The role of the muscles in minimising tibial stress during running (second supervisor).
  • Rodrigo Alejandro Yupanqui Araos, Optimization of water distribution system of heap leaching process for mining in Chile (second supervisor).



Teaching Interests